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A Tribute To Our Prairie Pioneers 


Newman, Illinois 
August 23, 24, 25 

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"Better for us that we cannot see into the 
future but enjoy ourselves with the present, 
leaving the changes that may take place 
to be enjoyed by those who may live after 


— Mary Jane Page 





A Tributi' to Our I'ionetrs 

Have we stopped to meditate deeply on the debt we 
owe to those strong souls who paid the tremendous price, 
to those ancestors of hard hands, keen eyes, swift feet 
and matchless vision who paved the way and laid the 
Inundation to make this country what it is today? 

Abraham Lincoln stands at the top of that type of 
matchless folk who had the broad contagious humor, the 
keen vision of spirit, the geological patience, the depth 
ot thought that comes from communion with God and 
nature that builds for humanity and makes all mankind 
brothers. He had the sterling pioneer ([ualities that mak^? 
our state proud to be called "The Land of Lincoln." So 
through the years, Newman — Illinois — the world, has 
had as their model Lincoln, "A Man of the Ages." 

But back to Newman — and our native pioneers. True, 
their lives were rugged and bare at the best, yet they 
v.'ero not devoid of happiness. They knew the joy of honest 
toil and well earned accomplishments. 

Their imagination became practical as they saw their 
dreams grow into realities in the shape of cultivated fields, 
passable roads, and livable homes. Our pioneeis wasted 
no time analyzing their emotions, but filled their minds 
with thoughts of improving their conditions, in building 
a country for themselves and their posterity. Only we 
realize the victory won by these conquering ancestors. 

True, they faced the hardships of primitive life and yet, 
they knew the blessings of close communion with nature. 
Through this meditation, no doubt, came a deeper and 
more lasting faith in (lod's love, protection, and comfort 
in all their needs. 

.Anil so, our words of appreciation in this Newman Cen- 
tennial Book are to those, our pioneers, who fought for 
peace and freedom against many ills. 

To those brave souls who, until now, no doubt, have re- 
ceived too few laurels, expecting none, deserving many, wo 
acknowledge our gratitude. 

In the words of the noblest pioneer of them all, the 
people "will little note nor long remember what we say 
here but" they "can never forget what they did here." 
So, to those who gave their "full measure of devotion" we 
humbly and gratefully dedicate those words of love and 

— Ada L. Brock 

Compliments Of 

Alfred N. Moore, M. D. 

Oakland, Illinois 

THE PAGODA . . . This well-known land- 
mark in the center of the Newman City 
Park marks the exact center of the orig- 
inal town. 

Compliments Of 

Mack Hollowell 


In TKe Beginning 

An examination of the history of Newman's oldest, pos- 
sibly most prominent, landmark — the city park — un- 
ravels much of the very earliest history of the city itself. 
The park site was arranged for at the time the town of 
Newman was surveyed and plotted. 

Land on which the town is located was entered from 
the United States government by Isaac Howard, grand- 
father of Lewis H. Howard. 

During Mr. Howard's ownership, he became indebted to 
Ur. Hiram Rutherford of Oakland on a note secured by a 
mortgage on this parcel of land. Acquiring money at that 
time was no easy problem and in looking around for means 
to settle the indebtedness, Mr. Howard related his troub- 
les to the Kev. Peter Cartwright, circuit rider and preach- 
er for the Methodist church. 

In his efforts to help Mr. Howard, the Rev. Cartwright 
discussed the matter with B. F. Newman, another Method- 
ist minister, and suggested that the two of them combine 
their efforts in an attempt to rescue Mr. Howard from 
his dilemma. 

Rev. Newman, it seems, numbered among his flock sev- 
eral men of considerable wealth and of particular im- 
portance to future residents of Newman were two gentle- 
men named Matthews who were associated with a bank 
in Jacksonville, 111. 

Mr. Newman's approach to them on the matter of Mr. 
Howard's troubles was particularly timely. The Matthews, 
it was revealed later, knew that a railroad right-of-way 
had been projected to come through Illinois on the very 
line on which Newman now is located. 

Shrewd businessmen that they were, they told Mr. How- 
ard they would advance sufficient money to pay off the 
entire indebtedness if he could secure in fee 40 acres of 
land as near the center of section 31, township 16 north, 
range 14 west of the second principal meridian as possible. 

That, Mr. Newman was able to do, and he plotted the 
town around the present city park, in lots with 20-foot 
frontage on the streets around the square. He named the 
town Newman, after himself. The park was given to the 
community with the understanding that it should be used 
as a building site for a "seminary", a stipulation that 
later gave rise to a dispute. 

Newman had had a school previous to that time, but 
now constructed a new, two-story building in the center 
of the park to be used as a school, town hall and lodge 

Compliments Of 
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Tackitt 

Newman, Illinois 

room by the Masonic lodge. 

A few years later, it was decided to erect a school 
building on the present site of the grade school and the 
building in the park was moved away. The old building 
still stands however, and is used as a dwelling. 

Soon after the school building was moved, the heirs of 
the Matthews family entered suit to have the land restored 
to them, since it was no longer being used as a site for 
a seminary. After considerable discussion and much heat- 
ed argument, T. M. Swigart, who was mayor of the vil- 
lage, succeeded in reaching a basis of settlement and the 
city paid $500 for a title to the park area and it became 
public property. 

Three permanent buildings have been erected in the 
park. The first was the old school building and the sec- 
ond was the original two-story pagoda which served as a 
band shell as well as a platform for public speakers. 

Many distinguished men have spoken from its platform, 
Joseph G. Cannon, Shelby M. Cullon and William B. Mc- 
Kinley, together with a number of religious leaders. 

The present pagoda was repaired several years ago and 
the second story removed. At one time, the park was 
fenced for use as a pasture, and had a hitch rack for horses 
all around it. 

John VanDyke arranged the planting of the trees. One 
tree was planted as near the center of the park as could 
be determined and other trees were located about 20 feet 
apart in circular fashion around it. Th first pagoda was 
erected on the spot where the original center tree was lo- 


AUG. 23-24-25, 1957 

May Newman's Centennial cel- 
ebration be an outstanding suc- 
cess and revive pleasant mem- 
ories for all who attend. 

With best wishes — 

Everett McKinley Dirksen 






M. L. McDermott, Mayor 

Carl Collins 


Jokn E. Pollock 


Harry M. Hixson 


Frank Ousley 


Luther Clark 


Loren Biddle 


Rudolpn Dennis 


Roy GiDson 


Raymond Sollers 


George E. Nichols 


Life As It W 


By Miss Louise Mclntyre 

From tradition at least, we know something about the 
lives of the people who lived in and around Newman be- 
fore the 1870's. For the most part they (at least the lead- 
ing citizens) were deeply religious. Social activities were 
closely associated with the churches. Especially in the 
country churches, they often went home with one another 
from morning worship for huge dinners with families and 
friends. They had quilting bees and barn raisings, both 
always the occasion for feasting. Perhaps neighborliness 
never reached a truer quality than in these early times 
because people were utterly dependent upon each other 
in sickness, death, childbirth, fire and all emergencies. 

The men were busy clearing the timber if they lived 
m wooded sections; in breaking the ground and beginning 
to struggle with drainage if they lived on or near the 
sloughs. One of the very first needs on the Ridge was 
fencing to prevent the stock from wandering into the 
l)rairie grass and getting lost. These fjnces were first 
made of board slats (out of lumber from their timber 
holdings) but later hedge was planted for fences. Almost 
at once they set out orchards for food and trees for shade. 
They raised practically everything they ate except meat, 
which was largely game they shot or trapped. The women 
made most of the families' clothes from the spinning pro- 
cess on and for many years after manufactured material 
was available, they knitted all the socks and mittens. 
Candles were made at home and the adoption of kerosene 
lamps was slow as they were considered dangerous. 

The Fourth of July was celebrated with an enthusiasm 
incomprehensible to today's citizens. They were so much 
closer to Revolutionary days. Almost everyone's grand- 
father had participated in those stirring t'mes. The desire 
to do this holiday justice may well have been an underly- 
ing cause of the beginning of the fine bands of the period. 

The early celebrations were marked with burning, pat- 
riotic speeches and singing. In the field of contests, by 
young men catching greased pigs, climbing greased poles, 
playing horse shoes and participating in foot races. The 
nature of the programs changed somewhat as time pro- 
gressed — but speech making, vocal and band music con- 
tinued to feature the all-day celebrations with fireworks 
at n ght. 

Everyone from everywhere came; it would have been 
considered downright unpatriotic not 'to go to the Fourth 
of July". Families brought picnic dinners (it was always 
the ambition of housewives to have the first fried chicken 
of the season for that occasion). There was lots of ice 
Cieam, the water barrel with its tin cup, noise from fire- 
craikors and sometimes burns to be treated from the firje- 
eiackers and run-away horses from the same cause. 

The Fourth of July to end all such celebrations was the 
one in 1916. World War I was on with the United States 
on the verge of entering it — and patriotism ran high. 
All organizat.ons and most individuals worked for its 
success with a unity and enthusiasm equalled only by that 
being demonstrated in p:oducing this centennial ceebra- 

A pageant portraying the hi.story of our country was 
presented. The participants all wore elegant costumes of 
silk, velvet and feathers rented from a high grade theater 
company. One impressive scene was the signing of the 
Constitution by a group of Newman business man. Still 

remembered as being represented are Benjamin Franklin, 
George and Martha Washington, Abraham Lincoln and 
Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, the then occupants of the 
White House. There were several impressive dances by 
groups of young people. One being the minuette by Eu- 
genia Rutherford, Hortense Morrow, Eva Burgett, Kathie 
Kyde, Edgar Young, Emmerson Springer, Earl Swickard 
and Homer Mclntyre. 

There came to be fewer Fourth of July celebrations 
and more homecomings and horse shows. Many of the 
latter resembled county fairs with entries and prizes in 
canning, baking, sewing, a flower show, a baby show and 
the horse show with rousing homecoming entertainment. 

The earlier shows were held around the city park but 
after Memorial Park was acquired, they were held there. 
The editor of the Independent estimated the numbers in 
attendance different at 5,000, 8,000 and even 
10,000 people. The crowds are remembered to have been 
.surprisingly large. 

For as long as there was a group of G. A. R. members, 
there was an annual recognition of the Battle of Shiloh, 
which seemed to belong distinctively to Newman. It was 
largely due to the enthusiasm of Mr. Sam Woodworth who 
had participated in that sanguinary affair, and it was dis- 
continued after his death. 

In reading old copies of The Independent, one is im- 
pressed with what a change has taken place in the causes 
of death during the 100 years of history. The three great 
early killers, and in this order, were consumption, typhoid 
fever, ana pneumonia. The people were at the mercy of 
flies, mosqu toes and poor drainage. Screening was not 
invented until after the Civil War and not in general use 
before 1895. Even so, a great many people seemed to 
live their three score and ten years and among these, 
strokes were common. Of course there was always cancer; 
chills and ague was a bonebreaking sickness. In 1890, a 
new and terrible disease called the Russian La Grippe 
raged through the county. The influenza epidemic follow- 
ing World War 1 seemed very similar to the La Grippe. 
Summer complaint, an intestinal disorder which attacked 
babies in their second summer, killed an amazing number 
of them. There were occasional epidemics of diphtheria. 
People "died suddenly" but it was not until about 1895 
that the term heart trouble seemed to be used. 

We do, however, have copies of and clippings from The 
Newman Independent from the 1870's on and from perus- 
al cf same it seems evident that the people all along pos- 
sessed the desire to "Live Modern" as they do today. Wh:it- 
ever was being done — Newmanites were also doing it. 

First in the matter of travel. S nee they had looked for- 
ward ior 15 years to having a railroad, when it came 
they used it. 

tor many years there were eight passenger trains dail.y 
th'ough Newman. People rode over to Hume to see a 
friend and returned on the next train going west. They 
went to Tuscola to transact county business. Quote: Aug- 
ust 2, 1886, "A good portion of this town went over today 
to attend Barnum's Circus at Decatur". They went to, 
Kansas, California, the Northwest, the Southwest, to Flor- 
ida, to Hot Springs, to Texas, to Minneapolis to see the 
Ice Carnival, to New York, Washington, New Orleans, 
French Lick Springs, to Yosemite, to Decatur to attend a 
Theodore Thomas orchestra concert and a goodly number 
traveled to Europe. 

There were so many excursions to Indianapolis and Ni- 
agara Falls that sooner or later every citizen must have 
been to those two places. Seemingly everyone old enough 
to appreciate the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893 and 
the one in St. Louis in 1904 and some who were too young 

Pictured below is the Kiwanicoiin Hut, a gift from Dr. 
and Mrs. H. I. Conn, whose Kenerosity and hospitality are 
well known to the people of our (.•ommunity. The building 
was completely remodeled and fully equipped by the Conns. 
It is heated by eas and well-lijrhted, has a banquet hall 
with table capacity for 100, modern kitchen, fully equipped, 
coat rooms and rest The deed and keys to the 
building and grounds were presented to the club by the 
above donors on its tenth birthday, Apr. 22, 1946. 

FRONT ROW (left to right): Wilbur Thompson, .Mrs. 
Harvey E. Winkler (pianist), John A. Coolley, Paul House, 
.Mack Hollowell, Charles Reed, Stanley Baxter, John E. 
Pollock, Harvey E. Winkler, Asher Jones, Eugene Fox, 
William Rominger DDS. BACK ROW (left to right): 
H. I. Conn MD, Loren Biddle, Everett L. Taekitt, William 
McGaughey, Edgar D. Morrow, John R. Goodson, Frank 

Charter Memoers 

Ousley, John H. Tnnkle, Irvin Toppe, Ray Wax, William 
Morrell, Russell Epperson, Carl S. Long Sr., Arthur 
Towles, Lloyd V. Boyer, Foster W. McCarty, Arthur E. 
Parr. Members absent: Fred Carter, Everett Campbell, 
Rudolph Dennis, Winfield Dennis, Bart House, Jewel 
Jenne, Ora Lawrence, Kenneth Neibch, Ray Trinkle, John 
R. Wagner. 


George N. Barr 
William C. Booton 
Paul Burgett * 
J. Fred Carter p 
H. I. Conn, M. D. p 
Glen Cutsinger * 
James L. Dague 
Matthew L. Davis 
Lester Freesh 
Raymond C. Gillogly, M.D. 
Rex Green 
Mack Hollowell p 
Joe Maze 

Daniel M. Mclntyre * 
Edgar D. Morrow p 
James E. Patton 
Harry Purdue • 
Leonard Pyle 
Charles Reed p 
J. Graham Sibson * 
Hughes Blake Smith 
Elmert Sehweizer 
Paul Sollers 

Ray Swickard, D. D. S. 
Everett L. Taekitt p 
John H. Trinkle p 

Hughes Blake Smith 1936-37 
John H. Trinkle 1938 
Glen (Demp) L. Cutsinger 1939 
Elmer Lyon 1940 • 
H. L Conn, M. D. 1941 
Edgar D. Morrow 1942 
Harry Baxter 1943 • 
Frank L. Marshall 1944 • 

Charles C. Burgett 1945 • 

Mack Hollowell 194(i 

William B. McGaughey 
Lloyd V. Boyer 1948 


( • ) Deceased 

(p) Present members 

John E. Pollock 


Arthur E. Parr 


Harry .\rkebauer 

Carl S. Long Sr. 


Homer Epperson 


Wilbur Thompson 


John R. Wagner 


Asher C. Jones 


John A. Coolley 


(*) Deceased 

to do so attended them. Two extra passenger trains were 
operated during the height of the latter season, bringing 
the daily total to 10. 

In 1909, three of Newman's busine.ssmen, Dr. Wagner, 
Mr. A. E. Havens and Mr. Scott Burgett enjoyed an ex- 
tended trip to New York and Washington (where they 
were entertained at dinner in the home of Senator W. B. 
McKinley); from there on to the Canal Zone and home 
v.a San Francisco. This brings the story of transporta- 
tion to the approach of the automobile and the gradual 
decline of local rail travel. 

During the era of the railroad, the editor had no trouble 
111 learning the travel activities of Newmanites. He simply 
met all the trains, little black book in hand, and there 
he had his news items. Through many of these years, a 
highlight of the day for the young people was meeting 
the evening trains (one in each direction) to see what 
was going on, then proceeding on to their dates. 

As soon as there were trains much entertainment was 
imported. While from the clippings it is not always clear 
under whose auspices the programs were conducted, we 
know most of them were given in the old Opera House 
which was built in 1875. Almost never a week passed with- 
out the people gathering there. The field of entertainment 
was so wide one can give the merest smattering of various 

January 13, 1883 — "The Japanese student Senesha 
Ogata gave a very interesting lecture on Japan." 

April 1, 1883 — "Captain Seeley lectured at the Opera 
House on the Battle of Gettysburg and Libby Prison." 
May 3, 18S6 — "A Pole by the name of Sobieski lectured 
here on Temperance. He was the most amusing lecturer 
that ever spoke in Newman, keeping the house in convuls- 
ions of laughter." 

1887 — "Olaf Bull and Troupe gave a classical concert 
here this evening. The finest thing that ever struck New- 

The new Opera House built the next year after the old 
one burned was dedicated at Thanksgiving time 1904, with 
a play, "The Holy City", a really socialite occasion for 
Newman and where city theater prices were charged. Dur- 
ing the 1870's and 1890's, troupes playing Uncle Tom's 
Cabin and East Lynne and also Indian Medicine Shows 
which pulled teeth on the side, were common. 

As far back as we have news items, the men of New- 
man seem to have played baseball. The first diamond 
was located on the lot where Brown Rutherford's house 
Kow :s. Newman seems to have won most of their games 
or else the savers of clippings were not enough intei-ested 
m the ones they lost to make a record of the losses. Once 
when the fats of the town were playing the leans, M. S. 
bmitn, the pitcher for the latter, came on to the diamond 
d.essed in a mother hubbard. 
Miscellaneous items: 

February 3, 1887 — 'A grand wolf hunt came off to- 
day. A St. Louis Globe Democrat editor and a Chicago 
1 imes reporter took part in the chase." 

Newman men who have owned and run race horses are 
El Calvin, John Gaines, Willie Fondin and Bert Myers, 
whose horse was "Hustler". 

Two of the people's own activities bound to havs brought 
them much pleasure, and now almost forgotten pastimes, 
were skating and sleighing. For some reason, the ice 
seemed to be better for skating in the days soon after 
the Brushy Fork ditch was dredged. .A.imost everyone en- 
joyed the skating parties in the evenings and on Saturday 
rfce:noon when there was ice. figure skaters 
still remembered are Mr. Reuben Thomas and Mr. Fred 


Forming almost a regular news pattern in the old pap- 
ers would be the remark how bad the weather was one 
week, followed the next by how the young people enjoyed 
the delightful sleighing. And they rode and drove — as 
proved by the following quote: 

February 28, 1908 — "The street commissioner keeps the 
streets in perfect order for pleasure riders gayly bowling 
along in the basquet phaetons and surreys, and for our 
fair equestrienne, who ride as frequently without as with 
an escort." 

By the latter part of the 19th centry, lecture courses and 
chautauqjas began to be a part of the civic program and 
were well supported for a good many years. In addition 
to church choirs and the band, there were other musical 
groups, orchestras, choral groups, banjo clubs, etc. During 
the first quarter of the 20th century, Newman was fortun- 
ate in having Mrs. Lillie Allen Kyde, a dedicated musician, 
to here, contributing to a high standard of vocal 
music in the town. 

With the 20th century, the nature of good living in the 
town changed. The period of many palatial homes evolved 
and with them elaborate and gracious entertaining in 
large "at homes", elaborate dinners and evening parties. 
At the same time, small groups formed themselves into 
social groups. The Bachelor Girls, The None Such, The 
Fortnightly Eureka Cinch Club, The Seven Sisters and 
the B.O.B. Club. Playing cards became common, and card 
clubs organized. Since some of these continue and since 
we have come so gradually into life in Newman "as she 
is lived today", this seems a good place to stop. 

NEWMAN CENTENNIAL — AUG. 23-24-25, 1957 


G. A. Griffin, Proprietor 





Phone 125 

Newman, 111. 

A PropKecy Fulfilled 

"The time is not far distant when gas will be 
introduced here as fuel. Already has a four 
foot vein of coal been found 196 feet below 
the surface on the A. K. Ashmore farm near 

This prediction is a quotation from an article written 
by .Mrs. Mary Jane Pane, wife of J. R. Vuge, which was 
published in the Newman Independent in 1888. Over 60 
years passed before natural gas became available for heat- 
infr Newman and then it did not come from local wells 
but from others in Oklahoma, Louisiana and the Texas 

Hujte 24 and 30 inch transmission pipelines, installed 
underground, pass by Newman less than 1,000 feet south 
of the city limits and supply gas to Indianapolis, Detroit, 
and many other cities in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Gas 
for use in Newman is supplied by these pipelines and 
distributed througrh mains of the Citizens Gas Co. which 
reach every part of the city. 

It is a strange coincidence that just after gas became 
available a mine shaft was sunk to an eight foot vein of 
good coal a little over 200 feet below the surface just 
three miles west of the city limits! It is now producing 
over 10,000 tons every month. 

When the "first settlers" came they established homes 
in the timber which grew in a wide belt along the Brushy 
b'ork Creek from its outlet in the Embarrass river to a 
point a short distance east of the Douglas-Edgar county 
line. The timber supplied logs and lumber for their dwell- 
ings and barns, rails for the fences and corn cribs, and 

The large fireplaces, used for both warming and cook- 
ing, required a "bac!:-log", usually about four feet long and 
Irom eight to approximately 12 inches in diameter. It 
was placed at the front of the fireplace and "pole wood" 
(limbs, small trees and split wood) was placed betvi'een 
the back log and rear wall. If the settler was 'handy" 
with an axe, and willing to work hard, he could cut and 
"chop" enough wood in one day to provide perhaps a 
week's supply of fuel. Most of these families also had 
a cross cut saw and it was also used, if help was available. 

Every settler had a large iron kettle, holding 20 gallons 
or more, for use out of doors. They were elevated above 
the ground on flat stones and a fire kindled underneath. 
These were mostly used to provide hot water for butcher- 
ing, the family washings, and to supply other needs. They 

In loving memory of my parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. J. H. Scotten, my brother, ?/Ir. E. G. Scotlon, 
and my nephew, Mr. E. G. Scotten Jr. 


were also used for rendering lard and making soap. 

As a by-product of the fuel, the wood ashes were saved 
and placed in a "V" shaped "hopper" and water from rains, 
or poured on with buckets, passed through the ashes and 
was caught in a trough underneath. This was the "lye" 
used by the pioneers — for making hominy, soap, etc. It 
was also used for scrubbing tables, floors and other clean- 
ing uses. Nothing that could be used was thrown away. 
When ear corn was fed the horses, cobs were gathered 
up to be used in kindling fires. Shelling corn with a hand 
sheller for grinding into meal or for making hominy also 
provided cobs for fuel, stoppers for jugs, and other 

Wood burning heating stoves and cook stoves began 
to tr.ckle in shortly after the settlement of Douglas coun- 
ty began, but there was no great rush to buy because 
they "cost money" and not many of the pioneers had more 
than a very few dollars. 

In 1873, the railroad began to haul freight and soon 
carloads of coal from the mines in Illinois, Indiana, Ken- 
tucky and West Virginia came to Newman. It at once 
became the leading fuel, a position it held for 75 years. 
Its use as fuel made central heating possible. Anthracite 
coal was brought from Eastern Pennsylvania to be used 
as fuel in bascburners. 

After the railroad came, elevators were built and corn 
shelling equipment installed and the cobs were given free 
to anyone who would haul them away. Cobs made good 
summer fuel; they ignited easily, burned rapidly and al- 
lowed a stove to cool quickly. Kerosene and gasoline were 
fuels in l.mited use for summer cooking but the appliances 
were considered tricky and dangerous. Electric stoves 
came along about 1000 and are still in favor. Fuel oil and 
propane gas are in general use in farm homes. 


Darias and Harriott Hendershot Sutton came to Illinois 
from near Waynesburg, Green County, Pa., in 1868. They 
had four sons, John, George, Wiley and Mulford; one 
(laughter, Mary. They were Pennsylvania Dutch. 

Being farmers, they settled near Fairmount, because of 
elevator service. They lived in that community until 
1874, coming to Newman after the railroad was built 
through Newman in 1873. 

John was the only son serving in the Civil War. He 
married Mary E. ZoUers and they had seven daughters 
and one son. John engaged in ditching, having helped dig 
the ditch west of Newman, known as "Uncle John's Ditch." 

George married Sarah Jane Gillogly. They had six boys 
and four girls. George farmed several years then owned 
a iioultry house. 

Wiley was a contractor and builder, then later engaged 
in insurance. He married Violet Jane Potter. They had 
three daughters and one son. Mulford clerked for years 
in Root Bros. Store and later owned a grocery store. He 
married Sena Lonsdale. They had two daughters. 

Mary married Neal Carroll, who farmed near New- 
man and .Mlerton, later Sidell. They had four sons, one 

There are second and third generation descendants of 
Darias and Harriett Hendershot Sutton living in New- 



The Thomas Lumber Co. was established 
in 1874 by Mr. Reuben Thomas and operat- 
ed by Mr. Thomas until his death in 1914. 
His son, Howard Thomas, managed the yard 
until 1919, when the company was leased 
to the Fred A. Smith Lumber Co., a line 
yard concern. It was operated as the Fred 
A. Smith Lumber Co. until 1941, when the 
company was purchased by Mr. Elmer Ly- 
on, who owned and operated it until his 
death in 1946. At that time, the yard was 
sold to the present owners and operators, 
Paul and Bart House, under the name of 
Newman Lumber Co. 

Newman Lumber Coi 


The Joseph Skinner Family 

Joseph Skinner was born in tlic state of Maine on Apr. 
15, 1803. When a younp man, he went from his native 
state to Ohio and as he had a knowledge of the trades 
of shoemaker, carpenter and mason, easily found employ- 
ment. He met Mary (Polly) Gaston in Meigs County, 
Ohio, and they were married on the ninth of September, 
1824, by Rev. Aaron Hatch. Polly was born on June 22, 
1808, the youngest child of Thomas and Sarah Chatman 
Gaston. Thomas Gaston had served seven years as a sold- 
ier in the Revolutionary War, and afterwards, induced by 
liberal land grants, had emigrated to Canada. But because 
ol unfriendly feelings be. ween that government and the 
U. S.. he disposed of his property at a sacrifice and moved 
his family to Ohio in 1807. Thomas died in 1823 and Sarah 
Gaston died some years later, while with relatives in Ind- 

Soon after their marriage in 1824, Joseph and Polly 
Skinner moved to Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana. 
Here Joseph worked at shoemaking and the making and 
laying of bricks. The first seven of their thirteen children 
were born in Indiana. 

In 1839, Joseph drove, with his wife and family in a 
(overed wagon, to what was then Coles Co., 111., now known 
as Douglas County. They located in an old log cabin in 
the timber about one and one-half miles from the present 
site of Newman. There were only seven other families in 
the township at ths time, namely: Anson, Gaston, How- 
ell, Hopkins and three families by the name of Winkler. 
The little settlement was known as the "Brushy Fork of 
the Ambraw". The trail of the Red Man was still visible 
;!nd the wolf and deer were as plentiful as leaves in au- 
tumn. The severities of the pioneers' life were difficult 
to survive. The land was heavy with timber and useless 
swamps and cut off from any pioneer industries, the set- 
tler had to depend upon his own skills and the resources 
of the timber to supply their meager demands. 

Joseph burned a brick kiln on the banks of the Brushy 
Fork Creek in 1839, it being the first one burned in this 
part of the state. For a while, he was occupied with mak- 
ing brick but finally bought land at a private sale. The 
family lived about two years in the old log cabin, but 
when Joseph bought the land, they moved into the good 
log house which was located thereon. Joseph was the first 
man in the local. ty to do any ditching and did it with 
plow and ox team. He bought more land from the govern- 
ment and secured some by buying the land warrants from 
Mexican War Veterans. He bought his land rangitig in 
price from $1.10 per acre and up. He owned about 700 
acres at the time of his death. 

Joseph Skinner was a Whig in politics. He had seived 
as an enlisted soldier in the Black Hawk War. He, with 
his boys aiding him, followed breaking prairie land until 
his death, which occurred on July 21, 18.')7. Although 

Joseph did not live to see the growth and development of 
Newman, he had done much to turn a wilderness into 
good farm land. Polly Sknner died on Oct. 11, 18C5. 
There will be dozens of their descendants joining in the 
first Centennial celebration this August 1957, as many 
live in the township. We, who today live with all the mod- 
ern conveniences can be truly proud of our honest, hard 
working forebearers. Below are the thirteen children of 
Joseph and Polly Skinner. 

1. Hannah R. was born April 25, 1825. She was m irrieJ 
to Benjamin W. Hooe in 1841. He was a native of K.-n- 
tucky and had come overland to the township in 183). 
They were the parents of 17 children: William Henry, 
Sarah, Joseph, Enoch, Semele, Mary, John, Caroline, 
Isaac, Phebe, Hannah Belle, Benjamin Wiley, Charles,, Grant, Sherman and one son who died at birth. 

2. Phebe was born February 8, 1827. She married Jo- 
sephus Walters and they had two daughters, Esther Kin- 
caid and Rebecca Walters McPowell. 

3. Isaac was born January 5, 1829. He married Mahala 
Drake and they had one son, Robert Alva. Mahala died 
and he married Mary Lewis H.ll. She died and his third 
wife was Catherine Bell Barnes. Their children were 
Katie Hinds, Margaret Evans, Elvin, .\rthur and Walter 
Burt, who died at three years. 

4. John was born on April 4, 1831. He married Hannah 
Ringland, daughter of Dr. Ringland, one of the f.rst phys- 
icians in the township. She died within six weeks after 
marriage and he never remarried. 

5. Esther was born on April (5, 1833. She was married 
in 1852 to Norman Peters, and they had two sons, Ure 
and Wiley. Esther died at 23 years. 

6. William W. was born Nov. 12, 1835. He was married 
to Melvina Hendershot on April 6, 18G7. Their children 
were lima and Charles H. 

7. Enoch was born March 8, 1838. and died w'.tjn only 
eight months old. 

8. Anson was born on October 3, 1839. He was married 
on May 4, 181)5, to Christina Drake. They had four sons: 
Charles, Sherman, Ellsworth and Jesse. 

9. Henry C. was born November 1, 1842. He was mar- 
ried to Celia Huff on April 20, 18(;9. They were the 
ents of Nora Wood and Ernest. 

10. Joel was born December 5, 1844. He married Carrie 
Higgins. Their children were Howard B. and Cloyd Skin- 

11. Harvey was boin July 8, 184(), and died when one 
month old. 

12. Joseph D., Jr., was born Nov. 21, 1848. He died at 
U) years of age. 

13. Benjamin was born August 25, 1851, and died Oct. 
10, 18G1!, aged 15 years. 

— Compiled by Virginia Biddle Thode 

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In about the year 1870, a handsome six-footer named 
George Wesley Brock from Macon County, Illinois, met 
a charming young lady named Malinda Van Hook from 
Sangamon County, Illinois. They fell in love, and in the 
couse of time were married in what they always termed, 
"a most beautiful wedding." This happy event took place 
in the home of the bride's uncle, Uriah Mann, a well- 
known pioneer who gave the entire wedding in honor of 
his favorite niece. The old two-story house still stands — 
a fine old landmark near the site of Camp Butler, seven- 
teen miles east of Springfield. 

For the first two or three years of the couple's married 
life, they lived in Niantic, Illinois. Here, they had the 
sorrow of losing a daughter, Ethel, when she was only 
r.bout one year of age. 

Later, they decided to move to Douglas County, so they 
bought land about three miles northwest of "the Ridge." 
This place has long since been known as "The Fuller Free- 
man Farm." Here, "Wes and Linda" as they were called 
by their friends, lived for twenty or more years. Their 
house was a very modest three-room cottage. Into this 
home came three more children — Leslie, Harry, and Ada. 

The activities of this family followed about the same 
pattern as those of other staunch, hardworking, pioneer 
farmers of that day. The community social as well as 
the religious center was the old "Prairie Chapel Church" 
then located about two miles west of their home. 

How well I remember in the old country church, after 
the Sunday morning services, the typical conversation 
that ran much as follows: 

"Good morning, how are you?" The answer inevitably 
came, "Oh, just tol'able-like." "How do you do?" The 
response was always, "Oh, just tol'able like." No one would 
ever have presumed the right of having risen above the 
"Tol'able" station in life! 

There was no "keeping up with the Jonses" with the 
members of that congregation as there were no "so called 
Jonses". There were just Akers, Chapmans, Fleeners, 
Howards, Haits, Hanleys, Johnsons, Mavitys, Rolls, Ran- 
dalls, Taylors, Buckinghams, Bales, Brocks, etc. etc. But 
what a group of fine worthwhile citizens!! 

After about twenty years, my parents built a lovely 
new two-story house. Hardly had we moved into our new 
home, until Leslie and Harry were stricken with pneumon- 
ia and both passed away within one week. My father and 
mother decided to leave the scene of their sorrow, so in 
the following autumn, we moved into Newman. 

My mother passed away seven years later. At this 
point, I wish to take the liberty of paying a tribute to 
her memory. I never cease to marvel at her sweet Christ- 
ian spirit and her uncommon, common sense. Once when 
I was in my very early teens and was greatly lacking in 
the sense of values I said, "I don't want to go to that 
church any more, nobody goes there but trash." She so 
quietiy answered, "Well, you go and there will be one there 
who isn't trash." What a lesson I learned from that time- 
ly remark and how I have remembered it through the 
years! I feel I can truly say of my dear mother, 
"None knew but to love her, 
None named her but to praise." 

In 1909, my father was married to Mrs. Susan J. Nichol- 

son of Niantic, Illinois. She had one son, Guy, that many 
will remember as a most congenial business man in New- 
man, for years. She passed away in 1923. Guy moved to 
Texas where he lived until he passed away a few years 
ago. Many friends will remember "Mother Susan" as 
the talented, congenial, person continually radiat- 
ing fun and happiness wherever she chanced to be. Her 
greatest contribution, however, was her leadership in the 
music of the church. 

Concerning my father who passed away in 1926, I wish 
to say, he was always proud to state that he was a strict 
prohibitionist. He was one of the charter members of 
the First State Bank of Newman. He was a devoted mem- 
ber of the Christian Church and held the office of deacon 
or elder since he was a young man. One of my earliest 
and most treasured memories is seeing my father serve 
at the communion table. In a word, my father was that 
loyal, rugged type, physically, mentally, and spiritually, 
of pioneer citizen who helped to make this town and com- 
munity what it should be. 

In closing, a word about the writer of this brief his- 
torical sketch. I can simply say, life is always interesting 
and I am thankful to be here. I am sincerely grateful 
to my parents for their Christian teaching and for their 
care. And I wish to add a word of thanks to my friends 
whose kindness through the years has helped to make my 
life both fortunate and happy. 

— Ada L. Brock^ 


1 «i nly-fivf years after Appomattox. 

The Grand Army Of The Repubhc 

The War of the Rebellion, or Civil War between the 
States, is a great landR-.urk in the history of the nation. 
It is of no less importance in the history of Douglas 
county, coming only a few months aftci- its formation in 

The population of DouRlas county in 1800 was 7,109, 
which included men of all ages and the women and child- 
ren. The quotas set for the county to Dec. 31, 18u4, tot- 
uled 1,177 and the enlistments, all volunteers, were 1,173. 
At the outbreak of the war, Newman was in its in- 
fancy. In fact, township organization had not yet been 
established in Douglas county and didn't come unt.l 1867. 
However, it was the only recorded town sits in the eastern 
end of the county and was regarded as the center of th^s 
immediate vicinity. 

In July of 18fil, 28 men from this vicinity enlisted in 
Company D of the 21st Illinois Infantry, a part of Gen- 
eral Grant's first command, and in a short time, 20 en- 
listed in Co. H of the 2".th Illinois and 45 in Co. E of 
the 79th Illinois. Co. A of the 70th Illinois was mustered 
in July 2, 1862 with 19 men from this vicinity on the 
rolls. Others were Co. G of the 135th Illinois with 6 and 
14 went to Co. F, 149th Illinois, and 11 to the First Mis- 
souri. There were also enlistments in other regiments. 
Most of the Illinois troops served in the western theater 
of the war, only a few cavalry regiments being sent to 
Virginia and the east. 

The 21st, 25th and 79th Illinois regiments look part 
in most of the major battles in the west and they suf- 
fered severely. The 79th took fearful punishment in the 
battles of Murfreesboro (Stone River), Liberty Gap, Chic- 
amauga, and Franklin, losing 484 men in the four bat- 

In addition to the men who were killed in battle or who 
d'.ed from wounds and disease and are buried in National 
Cemeteries, are those who died in prison stockades. Seven 
men from this vicinity — B. F. Allison, Aaron Britton, 
Isaac Cross, William Grace, D. N. Howard, E. H. Neal 
and Bert Stilwell — died in Andersonville and are buried 
there. Two others who were freed at the close of th.^ 
war were returning north on the Mississippi river steam- 
boat "Sultant" when it blew up and sank, resulting in an 
apalling loss of life. The body of John Welliver was not 
recovered and C. A. Coykendall was so badly injured that 
he died before he could reach home. Others from this 
vicinity who were in Andersonville but survived were Hen- 
ry CuLsinger, Frank Dixson, Oliver Good, Anson Skinner, 
John Skinner and Samuel Hawkins. This list probably is 

After the Furrender at Appomattox, the survivors came 

home. Some moved to other places and many "old soldiers" 
moved in and made their homes here. Among those were 
four who had "worn the gray" — John Richards of the 
1st Battalion of Wheat's Louisiana Div sion, who had 
been in Stonewall Jackson's army in The Val'.ey Cam- 
paign and who later served as a courier for Jackson and 
Robert E. Lee; John L. Teal of Co. A, 54th Virginia, CSA; 
H. C. Davidson and R. L. Trimble. Flowers are placed on 
their graves Memorial Day. 

Lowe Post of the G.and Army of the Republic was es- 
tab'ished soon the close of the war. It continued in 
existence until the death of Laban A. Tinimons in 1937. 
He was the last survivor. 

The historical committee of this Centennial celebration 
wanted to honor the valiant men of the Grand Army by 
listing their names as a Roll of Honor in the Centennial 
book. It came as a complete surprise to find that a rec- 
ord of membership had not been kept by Lowe Post of the 
G.A.R. Only a few of the monuments and markers at 
the graves of 159 veterans of the Civil War list the comp- 
any and regiment in which they served. Many hours of 
search through biographical sketches in county histories, 
reading clippings of old news stories and obituaries which 
have been preserved in scrap books, and questions have 
been productive. Foi-tunately, some articles written by 
D. O. Root were available. 

Here is the list: 

Isaac Allison, Co. G, ISJth 111. 
Coleman Albin, Co. A, 70tii 111. 
Silas Andrews, Co. A, 7(tlh 111. 

In Memory Of 

Susan and Daniel Cole 

Hirde Cole Martin 

Samuel A. Albin, Co. D, 21st 111. 
Samuel Ayres, Co. D, 21st 111. 
Charles Allison, Co. H, 25th 111. 
B. F. Allison, Co. H, 25th 111. 
Isaac Ayres, Co. A, 6th Ind. 
Ben F. Ayres, Co. K, 12th Ind. 
H. S. Albin, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Harvey Bane, Co. H, 79th 111. 
George Baney, Co. H, 60th Ohio 
James Barr, Co. C, 8th 111. 
George D. Baniett, Co. H, 25th 111. 
John L. Berkley, Co. C, 8th 111. 
Henry Busbey, Co. H, 25th 111. 
Oliver Bell, 59th 111. 
W. H. Bryant, Co. A, 58th Ind. 
Samuel Bradley, Co. C, 18th Ind. 
Henry Bender, Co. E, 31st Ind. 
R. D. Bostwiek, Co. D, 21st 111. 
J. W. Brinnegar, Co. D, 21st 111. 
John R. B:ggs, Co. H, 25th 111. 
William Bracket, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Arron Brittan, Co. E, 79th 111. 
J. P. Bartlett, Co. F, 149th 111. 
George W. Bivens, Co. E, 69th Ind. 
D. Taylor Corbin, Co. F, 163rd Ind. 
George Carroll, Co. F, 163rd Ind. 
J. W. Cook, 39th Ohio 
Henry J. Cutsinger, Co. E, 93rd Ind. 
M. D. Campbell, Co. B, 44th Ind. 
W. B. Cornwell, 22nd Ohio 
Cyrus A. Coykendall, Co. D, 21st 111. 
George Carrington, Co. B. 11th 111. 
George W. Corbin, Co. A, 70th 111. 
Charles Corbin, Co. H, 25th 111. 
Nathan B. Chilcote, Co. C, 150th 111. 
John H. Cayhoe, Batt. C, 2nd 111. Art. 
Daniel Coryell, 1st Mo. Cav. 
Isaac S. Cross, Co. D, 21st 111. 
W. H. Covert, Co. E, 79th 111. 
I. N. Covert, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Peter Chezum, Co. E, 79th 111. 
John H. Cogshell, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Henry Cutler, Co. E, 79th 111. 
M. Coykendall, Co. A, 70th 111. 
W. R. Deem, Co. A, 7th 111. Cav. 
John Daniels, Co. D, 21st 111. 
Steve Daniels, Co. D, 21st 111. 
F. M. Daniels, Co. D, 21st 111. 
Frank Dxon, Co. E, 79Lh 111. 
Jessie Duvall. Co. A, 25th Pa. Cav. 
S. M. Donahay, Co. B, 33rd Ind. 
William Donahay, Co. B, 33rd Ind. 
William Drake, Co. A, 70th 111. 
J. M. Drake, Co. F, 149th 111. 
Joseph C. E-igler, Co. D, 72nd Ohio 
William B. Freeman, Co. H, 59th Ind. 
John O. Fields, Co. A, 154th 1:1. 
William J. Fidler, Co. A, 70th 111. 
Daniel Fidler, Co. F, 149th 111. 
John S. Fidler, Co. F, 149th 111. 
Jatper H. Fidler, Co. A, 70th 111. 
J. Ficklin, Co. K, 54th 111. 
James Gillogly, Co. D, 21st 111. 
Spencer Gillogly, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Stephen Gillogly, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Thomas Gillogly, 1st Mo. Cav. 
Isaac Glass, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Oliver Good, Co. B, 5th Ind. Cav. 
Geoige M. Grace, Co. D, 21st 111. 
William Grace, Co. D, 21st 111. 

W. H. H. Gaston, Co. A, 70th 111. 
Nelson Gossett, Co. I, 7th 111. 
Bart Gaston, Co. C, 1st Mo. 
James M. George, Co. K, 151st Ind. 
Samuel Hawkins, Co. E, 79th 111. 
John Hawkins, Co. E, 79th 111. 
James M. Hawkins, Co. C, 1st Mo. 
Joseph Harvey, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Jonah Harper, Co. B, 159th 111. 
John House, Co. E, 123rd 111. 
W. W. Hendei-shot, Co. A, 70th 111. 
M. Hendershot, Co. A, 168th Pa. Mil. 

A. T. Hurst, Co. H, 29th 111. 
William Hunt, Co. C. 12th 111. 
Joseph Howard, Co. A, 70th 111. 
R. B. Huffman, Co. D, 21st 111. 
David Hanes, Co. D, 21st 111. 
Harrison Hopkins, Co. H, 25th 111. 
John W. Hopkins, Co. H, 25th 111. 
Eli Hopkins, Co. H, 25th 111. 
George Hopkins, Co. H, 25th 111. 
Cornelius Hopkins, Co. D, 21st 111. 
Jeremiah Hopkins, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Harrison Howell, Co. F, 149th 111. 
J;.s. P. Hancock, Co. F, 149th 111. 
David B. Howard, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Ezra Howard, Co. E, 79th 111. 
John T. Hicks, Co. F, 149th 111. 
James O. Hughes, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Alex Hess, Co. E, 79th 111. 
George H. Hess, Co. E, 79th 111. 

B. W. Hooe (Lieut.), Co. G, 135th 111. 
D. N. Howard, Co. E, 59th 111. 
James A. Hedge, 10th Ind. Cav. 

H. I. Ishim, Co. H, 25th 111. 
James W. Irwin, 26th Ohio Bat. 
Thomas Johnson, Co. I, 1st Mo. 
Daniel Jacobs, Co. H, 25th 111. 
M. D. Jones, Co. H, 25th 111. 
Dr. J. T. Johnson, Co. C, 1st Mo. 
Z. D. James, Co. D, 85th Ind. 
John W. King, Co. I, 1st Mo. 
Frank Kent, Co. E. 79th 111. 
Stroder M. Long, Co. E, 12th 111. 
Samuel L. Long, Co. K, 62nd 111. 
William Listen, Co. D, 21st 111. 
William R. Laughead, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Wm. E. Law (Capt.), Co. E, 79th 111 
Charles Lyons, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Wm. Leatherman, Co. I, 1st Mo. 
Samuel Lyons, 5th W. Va., Cav. 
James Laughead, Co. A, 7th 111. Cav. 
Daniel Levin, Co. G, 135th 111. 
James R. Les'ie, Co. F, 149th 111. 
James Morrow, Co. E, 12th 111. 
J. A. McGee, Co. F, 49th Pa. 
B. F. Mitchell, Co. L, 5th Ohio 
O. A. Mulvane, Co. B, 80th Ohio 
W. Lincoln McCown, Co. E, 79th 111. 
B. F. McAlister, Co. G, 135th Jll. 
N. B. Modisett, Co. D, 21st lU. 
Levi McDowell, Co. D, 21st 111. 
Peter Miller, Co. E, 79th 111. 
J. J. Moss, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Benton McDowell, Co. A, 70th 111. 
J. D. McDowell, Co. G, 135th 111. 
F. M. Maddox, Co. G, 135th 111. 
Charles Montgomeiy, Co. D, 21st 111. 
E. H. Neal, Co. D, 21st 111. 
J. M. Neal, Co. D, 21st 111. 

James Neidifer, Co. A, 8th Tenn., 

U. S. Cav. 
Valentine Norris, Co. E, 79th 111. 
James McAdams, Co. C, 1st Mo. 
H. J. Neal, Co. A, 70th 111. 
J. N. Outcelt, Co. A, 1st Mo. 
Western R. Pinnell, Co. H, 59th 111. 
W. J. G. Pound, Co. C, 8th 111. 
Henry K. Potts, Co. D, 21st 111. 
Joshua Pence, Co. D, 21st 111. 
W. H. Peters, Co. E, 79th 111. 
J. C. Perry, Co. E, 79th 111. 
William Potts, Co. E, 79th 111. 
John H. Perrine, Co. A, 70th 111. 
Samuel Perry, 55th 111. 
Nathan Pearee, Co. A, 33rd Ind. 
David Quick, Co. H, 5th Ohio 
John W. Rush, Co. F, 149th 111. 
Daniel O. Root, Co. H, 25th 111. 
L. E. Root, Co. K, 3rd W.Va. M. I. 
Ezra S. Root, Co. E, 79th 111. 
A. Ridenoure, Co. F, 149th 111. 
W. B. Rude, Co. C, 135th 111. 
John Robinet, Co. D, 21st 111. 
J. W. Rohrbaugh, Co. A, 70th 111. 

A. Rohrbaugh, Co. F. 149th 111. 
W. H. Root, 3rd Ohio 

J. P. Ross, Co. E, 79Lh 111. 
Joel Skinner, Co. A, 70th 111. 
William Skinner, Co. E, 79th 111. 
John Skinner, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Anson Skinner, Co. E, 79th 111. 
W. L. Sowers, Co. H, 25th 111. 
John Sargent, Co. H, 25th 111. 
R. W. See, Co. H, 25th 111. 
Joseph Shute, Co. E, 79th 111. 
John P. Smith, Co. E, 79th III. 
Samuel Siegler, Co. E, 79th 111. 
James Shute, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Isaac Shute, Co. A, 1st Mo. 
Richard H. Shute, Co. A, 1st Mo. 
J. W. Sowers, Co. A, 70th 111. 
Thomas Shaw, Co. G, 3rd Ind. Cav. 
J. M. Smith (Capt.), Co. B, 58th Ind. 
Samuel Shoemaker, Co. E, 12th III. 
Bert Stillwell, Co. E, 79th III. 
W. H. Smallwood, Co. D, 21st 111. 
John H. Sutton, Co. F, 85th Pa. 
L Streibich, Co. E, 66th 111. 
Amos Shaw, Co. I, 10th 111. Cav. 
Albert Siler, Co. B, 79th 111. 

B. F. Shreve, Co. E, 79th 111. 
John Stone, Co. B, 21st 111. 
Osian Satcrley, Co. F, 21st III. 
S. T. Stackhouse, 30th Ind. 

W. H. Stillwell, Co. E, 79th 111. 
R. Thomas, Co. E, 196th Pa. 
J. L. Tavlor, Co. I, 26th 111. 
L. A. Timmons, Co. A, 123rd 111. 
Wm. Turbyville, Co. F, 79th III. 
Joel Turbyville, Co. F, 149th III. 
E. E. Thompson, Co. F, 149th III. 
Joseph Vandine, Co. K, 62nd 111. 
William D. Vaught, Co. I, 61st Ind. 
Jamrs H. Wells, Co. E, 79th III. 
George White, Co. E, 12th III. 
John Wclliver, Co. D, 21st III. 
Isaac Wheeler, Co. H, 25th III. 
A. J. Walton, Co. H, 25th 111. 
William Winn, 116th 111. 
James H. Wait, Co. E, 79th 111. 
R. D. Woodworth. Co. K, 32nd 111. 
S. M. Wait, Co. E, 79th 111. 
Jnmes Watt. Co. E. 79th 111. 
William H. Wells, Co. A, 70th 111. 

MKMOKIAL 1)A^ 1901 . . . iMeiiibtrs of Lowe I'ost 
of tho (J. A. If. assembled at the northwest corner of 
the City I'ark prior to their march to the Newman 
c- metery to decorate the graves of their comrades. 
Thry are (left to right): Front row — Samuel Haw- 
kins, unidentified. Albeit Siler, W lliam Hunt, Al 
Mc(;eL-, A. L. Mc(own. Fete Wells. J. W . King, 
Samuel \ViM)dworlh. Samuel Long, William Turhy- 

ville. Seconi r<;w — John Skiniur, \\i!iiam Free- 
man, Joseph Eagler, Dr. H. F. Mitchell. Third row 
— (eo-ge White, A. C. Bennett, Thomas John.son, 
Janiey Hawkins, L. .V. Timmons, James .Morrow, W. 
I{. Henderson. L. E. Root, O. A. Mulvane, Spencer 
<; llogly, Joseph Howard, OKver Hell, J. L. Berkley, 
I). (). Root. Rear — Joseph Vandine. James Barr. 

Cha-les W-lls, Co. G, l.jolh 111. 

S. K. Wilds, Co. A, 7th 111. 

Wm. H. Walker (Capt.), Co. H, 9Jth 

Smi.h Wink'.er, U. S. Navy- 
John Ycager, Co. H, 25th 111. 
Frederick C. YeaBe.-, Co. A, 70. h 111. 
S. L. Youn-, Co. K, 52nd Ind. 

The following is a list of veterans of the C v;i War whosf 
company and regimental affiliations could not be determ- 
ined, hut who rest in honored graves in the four cemeter- 
ies in Newman township: 

Newman ccmetciy — A. C. Bennett, Daniel Co'e, B. B. 
Campbell, G. W. Campbell, James Downing, John Fonwiek, 
John Gab'jcrt, W. R. Henderson, H. H. Hutchinson, G deo;i 
Hardinan, O. C. Jones, Asbury O'Bryant, John Link, C. N. 
McAnal'y, John M. Vance. 

Albin Cemetery — L. O. Casebeer, T. D. Curd, Samuel 
Gilbert, C. H. Gorman, WiKiam Harvey, E. B. Ho\v:ud, 
William Hopkii'.s, Harvey Hendershot, John Saffle. 

Pleasant Ridge — James E. Bedwell, John W. Danner, 
David McLain, Robert T. Ne'.son. 

Fail field Cemetery — G. W. Brock, Simon Bradford, 
Ansil Brown, B. Joseph Bennett, George Burnett, William 
Burton, Jonathan Cable, Robert Dilworth, David P. Free- 

man, Mathew W. Grace, Nathan R. Hendeiick, J. J. Har- 
ri: glo.i, I. S. Hill, Wm. Hinton. F. Joseph Ho.lowell, J. F. 
Long, Ca'viii C. Maris, John Oder, David Rfgan, James 
Rhodes, Andrew Roberts, David Sha''fer, (First Name Un- 
known) Smith, Peter J. Swank, Jacob S.vick, J. mas Thom„s, 
Jol.n W. WeKs. 

IN MK.MOaV of 

J. M. (Dan) McCown 18.->5-1925 

Mary Jone.s McCown 1862-1940 

Walter W. McCown Sr. 1K'.).")-IH45 

Lt. Walter W. McCown Jr. l!tl!t-i;tll 

Mr. ;,nd Mrs. Dan McCown were early 
se; tiers near Newman. Their son, Walter, and 
Lucille Church were married in 1916. 

Iheir sons wc:e Capt. J. Logan McCown 
and Lt. Walter McCown Jr. J. Logan is still 
in service. Walter Jr. was killed in World 
Wa. II. 

Stephen R. Margo K. 

Phyllis Ann Reyner P. 

I and Roland Smith I 

James P. 

George E. 

Ernest B, 

and Margaret 

Edward Ruth Ann Paula 


Geo. Philip 

and Rachel P. 

Raymond W. 

and Josephine 


and Marion 


and Mary B. 


Philip J. Emily R. 
1838 - 1896 1843 ■ 1909 


and Paulina A. 


and May R. 

> -^^ Dr. 


and Ethel M. ^^^v 

Benjamin F. 

and Jane J. 



Died In Infancy 



and Fay 


Alice K. 

Dr. Harry Sills 

William L. 

Margaret S. 



Mary Margaret William 


Biddle Feed & Seeds 
Swift & Co. Fertiikers 

All Numbers Bags And Bulk 


For Flowers And Gardens 

Weed And Brush Killer 
Feed And Farm Seeds 

Soybeans Seed Corn 

Oats Rye WKeat 

Loren Biddle 

7726 Wagner Family 

John Marquand Wagner, a native of Coshocton County, 
Ohio, son of Beal Adams and Emily Marquand Wagner, 
was born on his father's farm August 11, 1842. After the 
death of his father, at the age of thirteen, he came to 
Illinois where he joined the Marquand family located 
near Metcalf. Later he went to Central Illinois, where he 
taught school for several years. He returned to Doug- 
las County September 13, 1864, after he was rejected for 
service in the Civil War because of tuberculosis. 

For three years, he read medicine in the office of Dr. 
W. A. Smith and taught school near Newman. Later, he 
attended lectures at Rush Medical College, then opened 
his office for the practice of medicine in Newman. 

Dr. Wagner was married at Charleston, 111., on August 
r., 18(59, to Sarah Ellen Dunlap, daughter of Samuel and 
Lucinda Cunnangham Dunlap. Samuel Dunlap, a sur- 
veyor by profession, had served from Lawrence County 
'.y. the Illinois legislature for several years. 

Dr. Wagner attended Bellevue Medical College, New 
Yoik City, where he graduated in 1873. Mrs. Wagner with 
two children remained in Newman during his absence. 
Interested in community developments and to assist her 
husband in his education, she opened her home to the 
men constructing the railroad. 

Dr. and Mrs. Wagner were the parents of six children, 
Joseph Ralph, Olive Orpha, Alice Belva, Hazel, Nina and 
John Dwight. Ralph graduated at Rush Medical College 
in 1895 and practiced for six years with his father in New- 
man. For reasons of health, he moved south and settled 

at Palaclos, Texas, where he practiced many years. He 
married Mary Isabelle Shaw and they were the parents 
of Ina, Helen and John Thomas Wagner. 

Olive was married to the late Henley Eversole. They 
resided in Newman and were prominent citizens of the 
community. Their son, John Henley, lives in Phoenix, 

Belva Alice died in infancy. Hazel married Dr. Charles F. 
Voyles. They located in Indianapolis and have been re- 
sidents of that city since. They have one daughter, Mary 
Ellen Voyles Blassingham. Nina married Dr. Ovville M. 
Sherman and they have lived in Kansas City, Mo., many 
years. They have one daughter, Elizabeth Sherman Shar- 
tel. John Dwight married Donna Roberts of Tuscola. They 
have one son, John Robert Wagner. John Dwight Wagner 
is a resident of Chicago. 

Dr. Wagner enjoyed an extensive practice, beloved by 
his loyal patients. He served with sincere devotion at all 
times, under the difficult conditions and hardships ex- 
perienced in a pioneer country. Many years he traveled by 
horse back, then in a one horse cart. He owned the first 
buggy ever brought to Newman, which was a real luxury. 
This was followed by improved buggies and carriages 
and finally by a seven passenger automobile, one of the 
early cars in Newman. 

Dr. Wagner was long active in the Masonic lodge, serv- 
ing many years as secretary. He was interested in civic 
and church affairs and with Mrs. Wagner was a member 
of the Christian church. 

A Pioneer Doctor 

Letters written at the time of an event, or of condi- 
tions at some speoifio time are the best source of factual 
information. Unfortunr.tely there are few, if any, letters 
written by Newman pioneers durinjr the 27 years prior 
to 1857 still in existence. Dr. Hiram Rutherford of Oak- 
land was a contemporary of the pioneers. He was a prolif- 
ic writer and sent many letters to his relatives and others 
in I'ennsylvania. Some of these letters are now in posses- 
sion of his descendants. Below are some extracts taken 
from letters to a friend. 

Independence, Illinois 
March 10, 1841 
Dear Su- 
it t;ives me much satisfaction to be enabled to address 
you from my new home in the far west; the land of the 
prairies and the vine. 

I shall say but little of my adventures since I left the 
Lykens Valley of Pennsylvania. Suffice it to say that 
without accident or incident of any partxular interest I 
arrived in Illinois in December last. I was about two weeks 
in selecting a location which I have done; so far much 
to my satisfaction. 

The price of medical services is about double what it is 
in your country, and the range of practice is aliout as 
large as the upper end of Dauphin county. I have been 
kept busy ever since I located witliout losing a single pa- 
tient. 1 already feel my footing to be firm. 

1 have had some seven cases of scarlet fever, which 
is a new complaint here, and my success and knowledge 
of the disease has been much to my advantage. In some 
seet.ons if a child gets a bad cold with sore throat the 
Demon (scarlet fever) arises in the minds of the patients 
and the new doctor, booted and spurred, has to dance in at- 
tendance forthwith. From the frequent changes in temp- 
erature and the levsl, flat; and in general wet country, 
more sickness than in the East but the disease 
is much more mild and susceptable to successful treatment. 
1 bflieve that much of the ill health is owing to bad ac- 
comodations, and carelessness of the patients themselves. 
It is thought that sickness diminishes much in proportion 
to the improvement of the country, which is rapidly ad- 

But you will bs expecting something on the subject of 
trade. Merchandise rates at about double the price that 
It is to you. Groceries at about one third higher. Much 
is done on the credit system but people settle up every 
Christmas and give notes or mortgages, or money if they 
have it. Merchandise of the coarsest kinds sell best. Groc- 
eries can be sold always for cash. 

There are no stores in this place at present; last sum- 
mer there were two. They united and took hogs and corn 
from many of their customers which po:k, when fat, they 
drove to the Wabash river and sold for cash. Last year 
they sold $15,000 worth of goods. Having been in business 
here several years they concluded to move to the county 
seat and next summer there will be only one store for 
a territory extend ng north and south 35 miles and six 
liroad (average) along the Embarrass river. 

Every season fre.ih settlers come pouring in and ne .t 
summer laige numbers are coming. The soil is as rich 
as any you ever saw and produces, even by most careless 
farming, abundant crops. This country is situated about 
40 miles west of the Wabash river which is our great out- 
let for produce. A thrifty f.irmcr can make more money 

here from pioducc and livestock than he can in the state 
ot Ohio. 

I'he price of a first rate farm is about $8 pi-r acre. Still 
many good ones can be obtained at Congress price if a 
man would choose to settle a half mile out in the prairie, 
frairie land is best; it produces better than timber land 
and resists the drought better than any other kind of soil. 
Good prairie land can be cropped in corn many years with- 
out impairing its fertility; the top soil is at an average 
18 inches deep. The first settlement made here was about 
nine years ago. 

One of the stores has attached to it a comfortable dwell- 
ing, and a stable. It could be rented for $100 per year. 
Theie are lots which can be had from $20 to $45 on which 
he could build with comparatively little cost. I would not 
be so bold as to advise you to come out but I would be 
sorry, for my part, to go back. Money is scarcer here 
than with you. It brings 12 percent interest. 

One great difference can be observed between the East 
and 'Ihe West: The former remains "status quo" as the 
lawyers term it, but the West is marching on with giant 
strides. If you should determine to set your face to the 
West, let me know of it as I might be able to furnish you 
with some useful information and advice. 

Oakland P. O., Illinois H. Rutherford 

111 another letter written .July 14, 1841, are found these 

"There is at this time no mert-hant in this place and 
1 know not when there will be one. There is but little mer- 
chandise in all the country, the pressure of the time hav- 
ing prevented merchants from increasing their supplies and 
any kind of goods w.ll sell. If you would bring your old 
pieces and coarse stuff you could soon dispose of them. 
Groceries always bring cash and can be had in Cincinnati 
and St. Louis. A store is wanted badly; people have to go 

Compliments Of The 

Oakland National Bank 

Oaklanci, Illinois 


Member F. D. I. C. 

up to 25 miles and then not get what they want. This is 
great grazing country and the pork trade is still pretty 
good. As to the health of the country I consider it good, 
diseases yield much easier to medicine than in the East. 
In this section of the country, it has been about the same 
as other years, most of it beginning about the middle of 
July and lasting to the middle of October. The principal 
complaint was remittant and Billious fever, mostly re- 
mittant, however. I had a few difficult cases but the com- 
mon run was easily cured. Generally it was not necessary 
to visit the patient more than once or twice. I have lost 
only one patient since I came to this country and that was 
a child who died of thrush. The people call in time and 
take medicine as it is prescribed. There is a grand cry 
here for a U. S. bank, the utility of such an institution in 
the west is incalcuable. Money is scarce. Crops are good 
but there is little market for them. Many farmers haul 
their wheat 180 miles to the lake where it is $1 per bushel. 
Here it brings only twenty-five cents." 

The doctor lirst practiced medicine for a few months 
at Millersburg, an old town on the Susquehanna river 
north of Harrisburg. While there he became acquainted 
with a young lady of that town. In the early Spring of 
1843 he returned to Millersburg and they were married. 
They purchased some supplies for their new home and 
these together with the bride's possessions were sent to 
Terre Haute. They made the trip in a buggy drawn by 
a team of horses. They drove long hours each day, av- 
eraging over 40 miles a day and were on the road 18 days, 
traveling on the Old National Road from Pittsburg to 
Terre Haute and on what was called the 'Springfield 
Koad" from ierre Haute to Oakland. 

In a letter written Oct. 21, 1843, he said: "We did not 
begin housekeeping until in July as our boxes had not 
come to hand. 1 wrote to the towns on the Wabash and 
to Evansville on the Ohio to no effect. At last I wrote 
to Pittsburg and there they were safe enough. They were 
sent down the river to Evansville but the water in the 
Wabash was so low I sent a team and wagon for them 
(distance 145 miles). Everything was safe, nothing brok- 
en or spoiled. We finally received them on Sept. 9. We 
now have everything necessary for living and nearly ev- 
erything we want. The necessity for keeping up 'caste' in 
this country is but slight as few people, however wealthy, 
furnish their homes with anything they can do without. 
Vegetation has been abundant, I never saw the prairies 
present such a gorgeous appearance as they did last sum- 
mer. They are now on fire and the sky at all points of 
the compass is illuminated by their glare. The eye will 
never tire of the flowers of the prairie and the scent of 
their blooms or the brightness of their colors." 

Country Charm Dairy 

"Home Owned and Home Operated" 



James Albert Church 1867-1948 

EtU Coolley Church 1868-1914 

Etta's family settled here in 1852. James 
came from near Fairmount. They were mar- 
ried and settled on the home farm in 1891. 
He was a great lover of horses. He raised 
and exhibited many fine ones. 

Their children were Carmen Akers, Lucille 
McCown, Kenneth Church and Vera Walk- 

He was married in 1917 to Elsa Schuette 
of Danville, 111. 


Uriah (Ide) Akers 1849-1904 

Candace Jane Farley Akers 1857-1920 

John EvereU Akers 1893-1919 

The Akers family came from Pennsylvania 
to Newman in 1867. Candace Farley's fam- 
ily came from Indiana. They were married 
in 1879 and started farming northwest of 
Newman. They moved to Newman in 1900. 

They had three sons, J. Herbert, George 
Logan and John Everett. 

John Everett served in the Navy in World 
War I. 


To The City of Newman 

On Your 100th Anniversary 

From Douglas County's 
Oldest Bank 

1st Since 1866 


Tuscola, Illinois 

Serving The Douglas County 
Area For 91 Years 


The Newman Christian Church 

"Backward, turn backward 
Oh time in your flight" 
That deeds long forgotten 
May be brought into light. 

Slowly, yet more and more clearly, we see emerging 
from the distant past, the following: Harvey Bane, Jere 
Metcalf, H. S. Haines, W. W. Patterson, O. H. Coppeek, 
Mrs. J. M. Wagner, O. A. Mulvane, Mrs. James Barr, Dave 
Bane, A. C. Bennett, John Skinner, William Skinner, Har- 
mon Gregg. In the hearts of these public and religious 
minded people in 1870 was born the idea of the First 
Christian Church of Newman, Illinois. These consecrated 
pioneers were evidently aware of the need of more relig- 
ious leadership in the community, and no doubt desired 
to worship God as they felt was taught in the scriptures. 
So, they gave willingly of their time and means toward 
the building of the new church. 

The original church, the second oldest church in New- 
man, was located on a large lot surrounded by trees on 
the south side of East Green Street, just three blocks 
from where the present church now stands. It was a white 
frame rectangular building erected at a cost of $2,500 and 
considered a very fine structure. The lot was donated by 
Mrs. Martha Smith, one of the earliest members of the 
church. She and her several children were among the most 
active workers in the congregation. 

The old building faced the north and had two entrances, 
one for the women and children, the other for the men. 

One of the most attractive features of the church was 
the bell, installed at a cost of $140. The church was ded- 
icated in the winter of 1872 by Rev. B. F. Black. 

During the years following the founding of this out- 
standing landmark in the community, the church no doubt 
fell heir to the regular changes of time and fortune. On 
the whole, the members must have been most faithful 
as between 1887 and 1930, the records show only two years 
without a regular minister. 

February 19th, 1905, ushered in a very important period 
in the life of the Newman Christian Church as that was 
the date, that under the efficient ministry of Rev. J. G. 
McNutt, the new edifice was dedicated. The old church 
was sold and in this splendid new bulling, the members 
and friends have worshipped for over half a century. 

Impossible, indeed, would it be to include the list of 

those consecrated souls who gave unsparingly of their 
substance, time and talents to build this church for them- 
selves and their posterity. But how happy we are that 
today one pioneer is still among us, upon whose shoulders 
rested much of the responsibility of this most worthwhile 
project. Without him, the work could never have reached 
the same peak of success. Across the pages of the history 
of the Newman Christian Church, in gratitude, love, and 
devotion, we write the name of our beloved Mr. Ira M. 

The year 1905 was apparently one of the most signifi- 
cant in the history of the church. Not only was the new 
building dedicated, but December brought the famous re- 
vival conducted by the renowned Dr. Charles Reign Scov- 
ille and his talented singer, Mr. DeLoss Smith. During 
the weeks of this revival, about 160 persons were added 
to the church roll. 

Much could be written about the advance the church 
has made, especially in recent years. The material im- 
provements are beautiful and one needs only to enter the 
sanctuary to realize this fact. The services are most in- 
teresting, educational and inspirational. 

We realize our present reaps the fruit of the past, so 
in this church history we pay especial tribute to those 
"we have loved long since and lost awhile". But we could 
not, we would not, lose sight of those loyal members of 
the present who are faithfully and steadfastly doing the 
deeds of service that make the church the greatest source 
of good in the world today. 

May we draw near our close with a most glowing trib- 
ute to the present minister and his wife — Rev. and Mrs. 
Leslie C. Wolfe. If all the finest superlatives in our lang- 
uage were used to describe their wonderful leadership, 
their untiring labors, their devoted love and service to 
the church and the community, we still would have only 
real understatements. And so, may the Newman Christ- 
ian Church united with a common bond with the other 
neighboring churches, continue in consecrated service for 
the glory of God and the uplifting of His people. 
— Ada L. Brock. 

S. C. Cash, Pioneer 

Scaton C. Cash, son of Peachy and Mary Wripht Cash, 
was born near Amherst Court House, Amherst Co., Virgin- 
ia, June 8, 1831. When seven years of age, his father moved 
to Barbour Co., locating near Philippi, West Virginia. 
Here he attended his first school, taught by an older 
brother, the late L. J. Cash. He walked three miles to 
school, where he studied Webster's elementary speller, 
and one year, the text of the reading classes was the Bible. 

When fourteen years of age, he moved with his father's 
family to the west. They started in October, 1845, mak- 
ing the trip in two covered wagons, and crossing the only 
railroad at Zanesville, Ohio. They arrived in Paris, Il- 
linois, September 12, 18!6, and settled on a farm near 

On March 1, 1852, he started learning the carpenter 
trade at Oakland, Illinois. He worked as an apprentice 
three years, receiving for the first year's service, $7.00 a 
month, including board. After this, he became a contractor 
and bought a half interest in a cabinet shop in Oakland. 

On December 20, 188."), he was married to Elizabeth 
Black. In 1864, they sold their home and business inter- 
ests in Oakland and Mr. Cash entered the mercantile 
business in Newman, having bought a half interest in 
the general store there of L. S. and S. M. Cash, residents 
of Oakland, but who were conducting this business in 
Newman. This was the only general store in the town, 
the stock consisting of dry goods, groceries, boots and 
shoes, notions, hats and caps, hardware, queensware, and 
patent medicines. On Januaiy 1, 1872, he bought the en- 
tire stock. 

Mr. Cash arrived in Newman December 14, 1864, a cold, 
bleak winter day, walking the entire distance of twelve 
miles from Oakland over the hard frozen roads. The 
country was sparsely settled, there being only three hous- 
es between Oakland and Newman. No dwelling house 
could be obtained; so Mrs. Cash and a small son, Walter, 
did not arrive until March. Mr. Cash continued in the 
mercantile business until 1894. In 1885, he was also in 
the implement business with the late George White as a 
partner. In 1881, he and his brother, L. J. Cash, purchased 
a large store in Clinton, Indiana, and later he carried 
on mercantile business in other places. 

During the fifty four years of his residence in Newman, 

he witnessed many changes. When he arrived here, there 
were fourteen families but only twelve dwellings. These 
families were Dr. Hickman's, Dr. Smith's, Mr. Hallet's, 
Albert Kellers, Smith Kellers, Grandma Howard, William 
Shute's, John Stockton's, Frank Wells', John Henry's, 
old Mrs. Vermillion, Joe Howard's, John Andrews', and 
J. W. Hancock's. 

The old Methodist church was the only church in town 
and regular preaching services were held there every 
three weeks. There was a blacksmithing shop and post 
office, the mail being carried from Camargo on horse- 
back once a week by the late "Uncle Johnnie" Stockton, 
v;ho also distributed it, although Dr. W. S. Smith was 
postmaster. The Illinois Central Railroad was the only 
railroad in Douglas county and mail for Newman and 
Oakland was distributed from the Camargo office. 

The I. D. & S. Railroad (Indianapolis, Decatur, and 
Springfield) was built in 1872 but no shipping could be 
done until 1873. Prior to that time, goods were hauled 
in wagons from Ashmore, Tuscola, and Homer. Mr. Cash 
received the first shipment of goods the railroad delivered 
and there being no depot, they were unloaded in the mid- 
le of the the street now known as Broadway. 

In 1873, he built the first brick store building, now oc- 
cupied by Lloyd Boyer. In 1875, he built the first brick 
dwelling, which was his home until his death and now- 
occupied by his daughter, Mrs. Lulu VanDyne. 

In early life, he united with the Cumberland Presby- 
terian Church in Oakland. When the family moved to 
Newman, there being no Presbyterian Church, he and his 
wife attended and liberally supported the Methodist 
Church. They became charter members of the Cumber- 
land Presbyterian Church in Newman which was organized 
in 1873 and which later united with the Presbyterian 
Church U. S. A. He and his wife lived to celebrate their 
(i2nd wedding anniversary. Nine children were born to 
them, only four living to maturity — Walter, Sherman, 
Sue (Mrs. McKnight), all deceased, and Mrs. Lulu Van- 

Mr. Cash was well known throughout the years for his 
strong temperance principles. He died April 6, 1918, a 
loyal, patriotic citizen and a pioneer who had helped to 
pave the way for a better and higher civilization. 

The Presbyterian Church of Newman was organized a 
Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was the outgrowth 
of a revival meeting held in the Methodist church in 1873. 
At the close of this meeting, 17 people expressed a desire 
to be organized into a Cumberland Presbyterian Church. 
They were James Gillogly, Hannah Gillogly, G. W. Wil- 
liams, Eliza J. Williams, S. C. Cash, Elizabeth Cash, S. G. 
Rose, Harriet Rose, James Pemberton, Martha Pember- 
ton, M. D. Campbell, Daniel Cole, John Drake, Stephen 
Thayer, John Stone, and Jacob Ogden. The following of- 
ficers were elected, ordained, and installed at the time of 
the organization: Ruling elders: G. W. Williams, James 
Gillogly, Daniel Cole, and S. G. Rose; deacon: S. C. Cash, 
who served in that capacity until his deatli in 1918. 

The congregation worshipped in the Methodist Church 
until the completion and dedication of their own building 
on December 11, 1881, the Rev. C. P. Coolley being the 
pastor. The report of the Building Committee gave as 
cost of lot and building $1758.58; cost of fixtures, bell, 
organ, carpets, lights and fence, ^'318. 12. Cash and pledges 
amounted to '^1783. At the time of dedication, a collection 
was taken which cleared the debt on the one room build- 
ing which had three sections of seats and an "Amen" 
corner. In lt;O0, during the pastorate of the Rev. J. H. 
P per, this building was re-modeled at a cost of $2106.13 
and rededicated January 20, 1901. At this time there were 
less than 100 members. The dedicatory sermon was de- 
livered by the Rev. A. W. Hawkins of Decatur. In 190G, 
i".t the union of the two denominations, it became a part 
of the Piesbyterian Church U. S. A. 

The present church building had its start in the minds 
and hearts ol Mr. Thomas Shaw and his wife. In con- 

sultation with the pastor, the Rev. B. F. Lawrence, Mr. 
Shaw, in 1909, announced his intention to give the site 
on which this church now stands, and to erect thereon 
a building suitable to the uses of the congregation, if in 
turn they would furnish the same. The church through its 
Board accepted the proposition and a committee selected 
by Mr. Shaw, composed of Dr. Cyrus Rutherford, the Rev. 
B. F. Lawrence, Mr. George 0. Moore, with himself set 
to work to secure plans for the new edifice. The building 
v.'as dedicated December 11, 1910. The total cost of con- 
struction, together with the lots, amounted to $11,110.99, 
the last of this amount being subscribed on the day of 
dedication. The service of dedication included a musical 
program by a choir of 31 voices under the direction of 
Mrs. Lillie Allen Kyde with Miss Alice Mclntyre as ac- 
companist and an inspiring sermon by Dr. Edgar P. Hill 
of McCormick Seminary, Chicago. 

Twenty-one ministers have served the church since its 
organization. The Rev. Eugene N. Fox being the present 

The gift of this beautiful house of worship has been 
a great benefit, not only to the church, but to the entire 
community. The clock, a landmark in the community, has 
been a master timepiece for the town. For some years past, 
the Newman Township Library has been located in the 
south rooms of the basement. 

The text used at the re-dedication in 1901 seems ap- 
propriate todry for Shaw Memorial Presbyterian Church: 
"And the glory of this latter house shall be greater than 
the former house, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this 
place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts." (Haggai 



n Schools 

Where the first school was held in Newman is u matter 
of conjofture. An early county history, pulilishcd in 1881 
says: "The first schoolhouse in Newman was an ordinary 
building, such as is usually found in the country, b.>ing 
put up in 1858 at a cost of $5C0." Another published ver- 
sion is: "The original school was a typical one room af- 
fair and capable of accomodatinj; only a few pupils." Still 
another story which has come down through the descend- 
ants of the early settler is that a one room schoolhouse 
was built in what is now the City Park and was later 
moved to a vacant lot at the northwest corner of the inter- 
section of Vanderen and Coffin streets. 

.\ Special Souvenir Edition of The Newman Independent, 
published in 1895 on the 25th anniversary of that news- 
paper says: "The first school in Newman was taug-ht in a 
private dwelling, the former home of Dr. J. M. Wagne-." 
It also states: "The fii-st schoolhouse, a two-story frame 
building, was built in the center of the public square in 18- 
58 at a cost of $600, the Masonic lodge being in the upper 
story. John Stocton was on the first board of director, 
and for several years was the only director." Moses S. 
Smith, then the editor of The Independent, was born in 
.Newman on July 19, 18 9, and attended ^■ehool in this 

All accounts agree on one thing, that Miss Hulda How- 
ell, a daughter of Enoch Howell, a pioneer settler, was 
the first teacher. 

The land which became the town site for the origin il 
town of Newman was a part of the Public Domain lands 
until Isaac Howard liecame the owner by virtue of patents 
signed by President Millard Fillmore, dated Feb. 10, 1851, 
r.nd May 1, 1852. Mr. Nev/man and his associates pur- 
chased the town site from Mr. Howard in 1857 and the 
survey establishing the "Original Town of Newman;- 
ois" was filed for record on Nov. 26, 1857. It provided 
that the public square would become the property of the 
town if a "seminary" was built there. 

1 here is no record of the town site promoters erecting 
dwelling houses or other improvements. There was con- 
siderable speculative buying and selling of lots but very 
little building activity. Mr. Howard and two or three 
other men owned land adjacent to the tov.'n but there is 
no record to indicate that they sold any small tracts for 
"housing" piior to 1858. It is assumed that the first pupil? 
who attended the school were the children of the early 
settlers on the farms or "clearings" within walking dist- 

There is no information available to indicate what year 
it became necessary to employ an additional teacher be- 
cause of the increase in the number of pupils. When 
S. C. Cash first came to Newman in December of 1864, 
there were 12 houses and 14 families in the town. The 
heads of these families we:e: Dr. H. S. Hickman, Dr. 
G. VV. Smith, "Grandma" Howard, Mrs. Vermillion, Mr. 
Hallets, Albert Keller, Smith Keller, Frank Wells, John 
Henry, John Andrews, William Shute, Joseph Howard, 
John Stocton and J. W. Hancock. Thomas House was rne 
of the first teachers in this school building. J. W. King 
was a teacher there from 1872 until he resigned to be- 
come county superintendent of schools in 1875. 

Nev/man began a period of steady growth in 1865. The 
Civil War ended and the soldiers were mustered out and 
returned home. Most of them were single men but not for 
long. Part of them established homes in Newman; some 

OLD .MiWM AN S( HOOl, ... built IST'i ... addition 1889 
... primary 1894 ... reo'aced 1936. 

began farming. Many elderly farmers rttirid and moved 
to town. Newcomers arrived — and stayed. The number 
of childven increased rapidly and in the early "seventies" 
it soon became certain that a new school would have to 
be built. At long last the railroad was built through New- 
man and trains began running in 1873. Newman immed- 
iately began to "boom". Frame store buildings were torn 
down and new brick buildings were erected. Larger and 
better homes were built. New citizens moved in and the 
old school building began to "bulge at the seams." 

In 1875, the school district was reorgan'zcd and the 
trustees were authorized to build a new "two-story four 
room brick building of sufficient size to accomodate 390 
pupils". A tax to pay for this was authorized at an elec- 
tion held April 6, 1875. The site selected was where the 
new grade school now stands and was purchased on June 
18, 1875, for IJ600. The building was complettd in the 
summer of 1876, and cost Jl 1,000. In the cupola of the 
building was hung a large bell that called the children 
to school for the next 60 years. It had a beautiful tone 
and could easily be heard anywhere in Newman. The bell 
is still there but seldom used. It is in a low iron frame- 
work on the corner of the gymnasium. 

An early catalog of the school for the year 1881-1882 is 
a treasured possession of Mr. Bolinger of Hume. A list 
of the pupils show there were 23 in the "First Year High 
School" (only two years of high school instruction was 
given at that time), 89 in the three grammar school 
grades, 91 in the three Intermediates and 112 in the three 
Primary grades. The enrollment totaled 315. The school 
teachers were: Theodoie H. Haney, principal. Miss Maiy 
J. McCulloch, Grammar; Miss Flora Powell, Intermediate 
and Mis. A. C. Bennett, Primary. 

The school board consisted of J. A. Mc(!ee. T. D. Curd 
and W. W. Skinner. Jas. Gillogiy was school treasurer. His 
financial report shows that the district rece.ved in taxes 
$3,732.51 and that the expenses w-erc: Principal $18), 
three teachers $735, janitor $180, fuel, repairs furniture 
and incidentals ^301. V7 and bonds and interest $2,000, a 
total of i'3,791.77. Pupiis living outside the distiict paid 
a $2 tuition charge monthly. 

By 1588 the school had be ome so crowded that it- be- 
came necessary to rent a large room in which the primary 
grades could be taught. In 1889 a $2500 bond issue was 
sold to provide a two room addition to the brick building, 
which increased the capacity to 450 pupils. This was com- 
pleted in time for use in 1890. The school first became 
"accredited" in 1890. 

In 1893 it again became necessary to expand school fa- 
cilities and a two acre tract adjacent to the school grounds 
was purchased for a site of a primary building and to 
provide more play ground. Bonds for $1700 were issued to 

supplement the regular tax levy for building purposes. 

The need for additional room since 1880 was not all 
made necessary because of a large increase in the number 
of children. A contributing factor to the need was that 
more and more pupils were staying in school for the entire 
twelve years instead of dropping out before reaching high 
school age. The first graduating class in 1885 was Sa- 
mantha Anderson and Luther Hughey. In 1886 Sue Cash, 
Minnie Taylor and Hattie Sutton were the graduates. 
There were no graduates in 1887. Henry A. Winn, Hattie 
Gillogly and Maud Root were the graduates in 1888 and in 
1889 Jennie House, Ed Roe and Clark Randall received 
diplomas. Succeeding years show a gradual increase in the 
number of graduates. 

Some time around 1910 the state legislature passed a 
law which allowed school townships to form Township 
High School districts. Within a few months the residents 
ot the school township in which Newman is located organ- 
ized District 150. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Havens donated a 10 
acre site on North Broadway just outside the city limits. 
After some delay a $20,000 bond issue was voted, and the 
new builduig was completed in time for use in September 
1913. The total cost was $40,000. The high school had temp- 
orary quarters in the old Presbyterian church building on 
North King street during the two years. J. H. Trinkle 
was the superintendent of the Township High School for 
it's entire span of 37 years, retiring in 1948. 

Newman now has two school districts, each having a 
board of education. 

The old brick school continued in use until 1936. It was 
still sturdy and strong but woefully inadequate. It was 
razed in 1936 and a new, modern one story building and 
gymnasium was built. A bond issue for $10,500 plus a 
government grant paid for the building. The frame pri- 
mary room has lately been used for storage. 

in 1944 a $75,000 bond issue was authorized for the 
building of a new gymnasium and additional class rooms 
at the high school. It was completed in 1946 but was nec- 
essary to issue an additional $25,000 in bonds to complete 

In 1948 the Newman schools again united under the 
laws providing for the formation of Community School 
Districts, the Murdock school and 13 country school dis- 
tricts also came into the Newman District 303. The Good- 
will, Prairie Belle, Phoenix, Winkler, Pleasant Ridge, 
White Hall, Mclntyre, Huff, Fonner, McCown and Dayton 
country schools have vanished. The Murdock school is 

On Sept. 1, 1955 a bond issue for $125,000 was author- 
ized at an election that day to provide money for con- 
structing additional class rooms at the grade school build- 

in Memory Of 

William Dalzell 

1881 - 1951 

ing. This was done in 1956 and completed for the opening 
of the school year in Sept. 1956. The new addition also 
has equipment for preparing food for the school lunch 
program and for serving as well as dining facilities. It is 
modern in every way. 

The total enrollment for the present school year (1956- 
1957) was 506. There were 61 in the Murdock building 
and 320 enrolled 1 to 8 inclusive in the Newman grades 
and 125 in the high school. There were 33 in the 8th grade 
and 50 in the 7th. The faculty numbered 28 and there were 
5 janitors and 4 cooks. Five buses were used. Arthur Leeth 
was principal of the grade school and F. W. McCarty was 

Over the years the following men have been principal, 
or superintendent, of the Newman schools since 1872: 
John W. King, Mr. Reynolds, Alvin Waters, Mr. Clend- 
enning, and Mr. Rittenhouse to 1881. Beginning with Sept. 
1, 1881 the following have served (the first date indicated 
the beginning of a school year and the other the end of the 
spring term: 

Theodore Haney (1881-1884) 
E. S. Smith (1884-1887) 
Mr. Holemback (1S87-1889) 
George O. Moore (1889-1890) 
J. L. Hughes (1890-1894) 
E. B. Brooks (1894-1897) 
W. H. H. Miller (1897-1900) 
Joseph Gale (1900-1901) 
E. J. Vines (1901-1904) 
Mr. Hedden (1<J04-1!)06) 
Mr. Taylor (1906-1907) 
O. C. Bailey (1907-1911) 
J. H. Trinkle (1911-1948) 
Harry Arkebauer (1948-1954) F. W. McCarty (1954-) 

In Appreciation 


Jokn H. Trinkle 

. . . for his long and valuable 
service in the schools and to 
the community of Newman. 
— His Former Pupils 


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Kiwanis Club of Ne^vInan 

i'he club was orgranized Feb. 26, 1936. The Kiwanis 
club of Danville sponsored the Newman club which was 
first assigned to Division Iti but later to Division 12. Ray- 
mond S. Blunt of Chicago, Gov. of the I. & I. District 
and the Kev. Horace Batchelor, Lt. Gov. of Division 16 
participated in the presentation of the charter, Apr. 22, 

The clul) has been honored with visits by four Interna- 
tional Presidents: Cope Callen, Don Murdoch. Don For- 
sythe, and Jackson Raney. It has also been fortunate to 
have the current District Governors as its speakers on 
all anniversary nights. Honors have also come to our 
menU>ership. Dr. H. I. Conn was drafted in 1945 as Lt. 
Gov. of Division 12, and as Gov. of the I. & I. District in 
1947. He has served on the I. & I. District Board of Dir- 
ectors for Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation, since 
Its origin. 

The local club is proud of the loyalty and activity of its 
membership. In attendance, achievement reports, and re- 
presentation at interclub meetings it ranks high among 
the clubs of its division. In 1941, it was presented with a 
plaque for 100 percent attendance at the I. & I. District 
convention at Springfield. 111. 

While the major work of the Newman Club has been 
devoted to Youth Activities, it has also accepted leadership 
m other fields. In 1936 the club, with the consent of the 
Board of Education, dedicated the athletic grounds of 
the Newman Township High School with an appropriate 
stone and plaque as "Trinkle Field" in honor of its prin- 
cipal who had served the school for many years. Each year 

it devotes one meeting to Farmers Night with an approp- 
riate program and with farmers invited as guests. Its in- 
terest in our public schools has been demonstrated by the 
entertainment of our teachers, annual athletic banquets, 
and various educational programs. 

The club has sponsored the Boy Scouts a number of 
years and the Girl Scouts one year. Boys Pig Clubs were 
formed in 1942 and continued for five years, whereby 
registered gilts were bought by the club and farmed out 
to deserving boys on the share basis. This project has 
been rev.ved for 1957. Clothing, food, and medical care 
have been furnished under-privileged children and their 
families as the need arose. The club sends each year a 
representative to Boys State, and for the past two years 
a girl to the Egyptian Music Camp at DuQuoin, 111. It 
has been the custom of the club the past few years to 
transport the Little League baseball team to the opening 
University of Illinois football game, and last year they 
were also taken to the Chanute Air Show at Rantoul. To 
help raise funds for these activities as well as for enter- 
tainment the club has sponsored Farm Sales, Minstrels, 
Horse Shows and other programs. 

The Key Club was organized in the local high school 
in 1951, and has the distinction of being one of the three 
such clubs in Division 12. One of its members, Clinton R. 
Johnson, has been elected Lt. Gov. of Division 6 of the 
1 & 1. District of Key Clubs. 

Mrs. Jamie C. Mclntyre's grandfather, E. E. Chester, 
carried in his carpet bag the money for Mr. Sullivan to 
purchase the land of Broadlands and the surrounding 
countryside, from Columbus, Ohio, to Urbana, 111. 

A Memorial Of 
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Parr 
In Honor Of Their Parents 

Mr ana Mrs. Marion Parr 
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. G. Pound 

John M. Pound, father of W. J. G. Pound, purchased land south of Newman from 
the U. S. Government in 1852. Heirs of W. J. G. Pound celebrated their centennial of 
continuous ownership in 1952. 

John M. Pound died in Indiana and his widow with seven daughters and one son, 
W. J. G. Pound, moved to this community in 1862. 

Mr. and Mrs. Marion Parr, with their family, moved to Newman in 1910. 

Fonner Family History 

Andrew Jackson Fonner Sr. was born in Green County, 
Pennsylvania, March 15, 1828. He married Miss Lydia 
Gillogly on March 22, 1851. They moved from their native 
state to what is now Douglas County, Illinois, in the Fall 
of 1857 and settled on a farm seven miles northwest of 
where Newmi.n now stands. A few essential possessions 
and two sons, James, age five years, and Robert, age two 
years, were moved by covered wagon. The county was 
then largely unsettled, especially the prairie portion. They 
felt many of the wants and deprivations incident to the 
settlement of a new country for a number of years after 
their arrival here. On this homestead, the following 
children were born: Margaret, Spencer, Andrew J. Jr., 
Marion, Charles, Thomas, Geoi-ge, and three who died in 
infancy. This farm has always been owned by Fonner 
descendants, being presently owned by Emmerson Fonner 
of Deland, Illinois, who is the son of Charles. 

The prairie land south of the ridge was drained, and 
in 1884, Mr. Fonner purchased the farm where Mr. and 
Mrs. Ray Wax now reside. At this time, the four older 

children were married and the remainder of the family 
moved to the new farm. Here Marion died in 1888 of 
typhoid fever at the age of 19 years. This farm has since 
been operated and lived on by Fonner descendants. Mrs. 
Wax is a great-granddaughter, being descended from Zala 
Fonner Maris, who was the daughter of Andrew J. Jr. 

In 1890, the family moved to Newman and Mr. Fonner 
operated a livery stable in the location of the present Grab- 
It-Here store. He prided himself on fine horses for hire. 
Surries and buggies were also rented. The home was on 
Yates Street immediately west of the stable. Here Mrs. 
Fonner died on March 22, 1895. She had been a rheumatic 
invalid for years. Following this, Mr. Fonner retired 
from active business to oversee the operation of his farms. 

On September 14, 18S8, he married Emily Howard, and 
they moved to a home in the west part of town. Mr. 
Fonner died February 18, 1908, nearly 80 years of age. 
Many of his descendants are now living in the Newman 

In memoriam to deceased members of the 

Stanton Burgett Post No. 201 
American Legion Auxiliary 

Newman, Illinois 

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"aM T»C S-roCK rAJtt Of ,. »,. guliC -r. COK^tJ^'tS ISOO ACKCS IN StCS.If.>*.'>cruei.tS CO. ILL. 

Isaac Wilson Buigett, son of Abraham and Eliza Wells 
BiiiRett, was bom June 18, 1829, in Pickaway Co., Ohio. 
The family moved to Vermillion Co., Indiana, near Perrys- 
ville. Ahrahi.m died in 1838, leaving five children. In 
183'.), the brouKhl her family to Illinois. They set- 
tled near the mouth of the Brushy Fork in DouKlas Co. 
She rented land and when a mere boy, Isaac Wilson had 
charge of the farm. He attended .school a few day.s each 
winter. When seventeen, he hired out as a farm laborer 
at J8.00 per month. This he continued until he married 
Telitha Howard Jan. 28, 1849. At this time, his capital 
consisted of $25 in money and one horse. He rented land 
for two years. He then bouRht 20 acres of timber and 
entered a claim for 80 acres of government land. To this 
tract, he continued to add until at his death, Feb. 12, 
1884, he owned over 1600 acres. 

He was supervisor of Sarprcnt township for 12 years and 
was an able man on public questions. 

Mrs. Telitha Burgett, daughter of William Hezekiah 
and Margery Howard, was born in Jackson County, Ohio, 
May 2'). 1830. In 184:i, she came with her family to a 
farm one and a half miles southwest of Newman. Hez- 
ekiah Howard built the first dwelling on the site where 
Newman now stands. Here he died in 1817. Telitha ent- 
ered upon the task cf helping support the family, often 

working for a small wage among neighbors. Her mother 
passed to her rest Au.c:. 16, 1889. Grandma Howard's 
descendants, remembering her unselfish devotion, placed 
a memorial window in the Methodist church. 

There were eleven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Bur- 
nett. They were: William B; Margery: John W.; 
Ellen Gill; Scott; Stanley; Sarah El zaboth Baxter; Wil- 
son S. (Top); Carl S.; Maude L. Colfi'y and Thomas P. 

Mrs. Burgett was one of the marked pioneer women of 
Douglas County. She was beloved by those who knew 
her. In 1901, she left the old homestead and came to New- 
man. Sunday afternoon, her children and grandchildren 
p.athered in her home to visit and sing favorite hymns, her 
daugliter. Mi?-. Coffty, playing the organ. She was (leei)ly 
leligious, having been a member of the M. E. church 75 
years. Truth was the inspiration of her life and by kind- 
ness, she exemplified its great worth. She ran the joilrn- 
ey of her life in 89 years, passing away Aug. 31, 1919. 

Surviving grandchildren reared in this community are 
Jay Burgett, Burley Burgett, Ray Burgett, James Burgett, 
Carolyn B. Coolley, Lois B. Ryan, Howard Coffey, Joe Cof- 
fey, P'lorence C. Buckler, Iva Roderick. Ola Gill. Deceased 
are Stanton Burgett, Shelley Burgett, Paul Burgett, 
Charles Burgett, Bessie B. Coley, Eva B. Ellison, Gerald 
Coflcy, Maxwell Coffey. 


It was in the Fall of 1853 the first permanent settlers 
came to the Fairfield community. They were James M. 
and John A. Coolley and William W. Young. They came 
in covered wagons pulled by oxen. The material for their 
houses had been hauled from Montgomery county, Indiana, 
but very soon they each purchased 10 acres of timber 
land in the Camargo area for other buildings and fences. 

The trail they followed here was marked by a furrow 
and known as the State Road which followed the ridge 
or moraine left by the Wisconsin glacial period. They 
came through Perryville, Ind., Georgetown and Hickory 
Grove, 111. At first they received their mail at Camargo 
and "Nip 'n Tuck". Later there was a post office called 
Phoenix in a little store located in the south part of the 
present cemetery. At first the rider bearing it came dir- 
ectly from Cherry Point. 

The country settled very rapidly. In 1854, the Reverend 
Jonathan Coolley came and on July 26, 1855, at an open 
air meeting in his yard the Cumberland Presbyterian 
Church was organized with the following members: Jon- 
athan and Malinda Coolley, James Maxwell Coolley and 
Hester Ann Young Coolley, John A. Coolley and Mary 
Frances Coolley, Mary Jane Coolley Young, William and 
Mary A. Patterson, Josiah and Jane Dains, Calvin and 
Elizabeth Dains. 

Services were held in the homes until the first school- 
house was erected on land owned by John A. Coolley. Lat- 
er, when the school districts were organized and the 
Cherry Grove (Phoenix) school established, church meet- 
ings were held there until the church building was erected 
in 1869. It was built from the timber holdings of the 
members at a cost of $4,000. The music for the dedication 
was under the direction of the singing teacher, Malcolm 
Mclntyre. A melodeon owned by Mrs. J. R. Page was 
used. Reverend Jonathan Coolley served as pastor of the 
church for 20 years. His son, Cyrus P., followed him and 
his successors were: J. H. Hughey, W. 0. Smith, J. M. 
McKnight, E. L. Prather, G. W. Montgomery, T. A. Wil- 
liams, L. D. Hendricks, A. R. Sandlin. William Bryant, 
James W. Wycoff, J. H. Piper, W. L. Campbell, J. W. 
McKinney, F. L. Gould and L. V. C. Myton. 

In 1907, when the Cumberland and Presbyterian Church 
U. S. A. united, it became a Presbyterian congregation. 
In 190(3 the Fairfield Women's Missionary Society was or- 
ganized, it being the only branch of the original church 



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Newman, Illinois 

now active, as church services were discontinued about 
that time. Memorial Day is observed with a service and 
the decoration of soldiers' graves — as has been done 
continuously since before the end of the war between the 
states. A big community dinner is held in the church 
building each year on the last Sunday in September. 

Fairfield cemetery was closely associated with the 
church in the early days. The first burials were in 1855. 
The first Civil War soldier was John Biggs, who died 
of wound at the Battle of Chickamauga and his body re- 
turned to Fairfield for burial. There are now 76 graves 
of soldiers in the cemetery. After regular church sei-vices 
were discontinued, the Fairfield Cemetery Association took 
over its care by voluntary contribution until 1951, when 
it was taken over by the township by popular vote. The 
church building now used as a chapel has always been 
preserved through the generosity of the people of the 
community. In 1921-22 the rock wall was built from 
boulders left over the countryside by the glaciers. They 
were gathered, split and built into the beautiful wall by 
a Mr. Mcintosh, whose trade had been building such walls 
in Scotland. In 1956, the church steeple, which had been 
blown off in a storm, was replaced — again by popular 
subscription. Later the same year, the tuneful Carillonic 
Bells were placed in its tower by Margaret Pearl Mclntyre 
Coolley as a memorial to her husband, James Sherman 

Lucy Mclntyre says that her great-grandfather, Mose 
Stickles, had the house built where she now lives at 302 
S. Broadway; that she's always been told that from the 
house down to the creek was "Mose's cowpasture". 

JoKn A. Coolley 

John A. Coolley, son of Rev. Jonathan and Me- 
linda B. Coolley, was born Aug. 19, 1830, near Wayne- 
town in Montgomery Co., Indiana. In 1852, Mr. 
Coolley entered a claim for 160 acres of govern- 
ment land at $1.25 per acre, on the Ridge north of 
Newman, Illinois, Douglas county. Camargo was 
their postoffice and nearest town. Oxen were used 
to haul lumber from Indiana, this taking two years. 
Jonathan Coolley came and in 1855 organized the 
Fairfield Presbyterian Church. The first meetings 
were held in his home. In 1856, a building for 
church and school was erected on the farm owned 
by his son, John A. The present beautiful building 
was erected in 1869 and restored in 1956. 

Mr. Coolley was married to Mary Garvey. One 
daughter, Nancy Jane, was born. 

He married the second time to Harriet Anna Wy- 
ckoff. Six children were born: William A., John 
E.. .\nnettie O., Luella M., Jonathan M. (Don), and 
an infant son. Mrs. Nettie 0. Mclntyre, 92 years 
of age, is the only surviving member of the family. 
She is beloved by all and her life has been an in- 
spiration to her many relatives and friends. She 
has, indeed, carried on the traditions of her an- 
cestors. The surviving grandchildren are: Albert 
Todd, Lena Todd, Eva Mclntyre Gauger, Anna Cool- 
ey Carlson, Helen Kenny Powers, Frances Kenny 
Lyon, Harold Kenny and John A. Coolley, who now 
is owner of the Coolley homestead. 

Hard Roads Come 
To Rural Illinois 

One of the most important happenings in the history 
of Newman township was the building of the first four 
miles of paved road, just north of Newman. Until about 
the year 1!I09, the townships had iiolhinK but mud roads, 
some of which became almost impassable during the rainy 
season. In 190i>, W. J. Roller began to talk hard roads for 
the rural districts, as well as for the town. 

At first, there was some stubborn opposition to building 
paved roads out in the country, a few people arguing that 
the cost would be too much. However, in 1910, Roller 
built a strip of brick ro;id in front of his residence, 150 
feet in length, just to show what the difference would be 
to the farmers who hauled their grain on tliat road. That 
demonstration proved to be the best argument available, 
and in that year, the bonds for $30,000 were voted and 
the paving started. The first contract called for two miles 
north from the crossroad just north of town and one mile 
east and one m le west from the same crossroad. The 
brick pavement on North Kings street, beginning at the 
southwest corner of the high school grounds and extend- 
ing to the crossroads was also included. 

So far as we know, that was the first rural pL.vement 
built in the State of Illinois. 

Much of these four miles of pavement is still in use 
and in fair condition in spite of the limited experience in 
road building at that time. Methods of building have im- 
proved a lot since then, also bctler material is available 

It was late in the year before construction started and 
it was completed only as far as what is now the residence 
of Ray Wax before cold weather stopped the construction 
of the concrete base and curbs. However, it had extend- 
ed beyond one of the worst mud holes in the township 
a short distance north of the crossroads. The next year, 
it was extended on north to the crossroads then known 
as the "Twin Houses" (one of the two identical houses 
is still standing at the west side of the road at this inter- 
section; the one on the east side was torn down or moved 
away 30 or 40 years ago). 

The success of this country hard road was very con- 
vincing. It attracted visitors and delegations from many 
parts of the state and its fame spread. It was built only 
nine feet wide because of the cost: the money available 
would builil a road twice as long as a double lane at twice 

the expense. In Newman township, any opposition to the 
construction of hard roads almost vanished and plans 
were made to extend this improvement in other directions 
from town. Only bonding limitations stood in the way of 
immediate action. 

It was not long until a pavement was built from the 
south end of King street to the Sargent township line, a 
distance of about a mile and a half. The next was east 
from town on what was then identified as the Skinner 
I.ane. It began at the city limits at the northwest corner 
of what is now Memorial Park and ran east and south and 
then a quarter of a mile on the Edgar-Douglas county line 
load almost to the Widman residence. This road was then 
a part of the old Ocean to Ocean Pike's Peak Highway 
route, an early marked trail for cross country travel in 
automobiles. The next was a three-eighths of a mile 
of brick pavement extending south from the Newman 
ctmete'.y to the present U. S. 33. All of these approximate- 
ly eight miles of pavement were built and paid for by the 
citizens of Newman township; the county, state or the 
U. S. didn't contribute even a thin dime. 

After the county aid roads came into being a nine-foot 
concrete slab road was built west from the end of the 
west end of the original four and a quarter mile brick 
paving at the A. Bosch residence, west, south and west 
through the Village of Murdock. A concrete slab one-half 
niile in length was extended from the east end of the 
same original brick, at the home of Manford Roller. The 
county also built a concrete slab from the north end at 
the Twin Houses crossroad north, west and north to con- 
nect with the Champaign county hard road system two 
miles south of Broadlands. The county also built a black- 
top on the Oakland Road from the Harris corner south to 
the Coles county line. 

When the State of Illinois built U. S. :W through New- 
man township, it followed existing highways except from 
the corner south of the Newman cemetery east to the old 
F ike's Peak Highway at the corner west of the Widman 
lesidence, cutting through farm lands to provide a new, 
direct route. Route 49 is on the east line of Newman 

.■Ml other highways in Newman township except one 
mile of rock road at the north side of the township and 
l-.erhaps five or six miles of dirt roads are maintiiined as 
all-weather roads by oil treatment. A $30,000 bond issue 
would build only a few hundred feet of paved road today. 
Gone are the days when the automobile owner, on the 
approach cf cold weather, would put his car in the shed, 
jack up the wheels so that tires would not touch the floor, 
drain off the water in the radiator and block, remove 
the battery and store it where it wouldn't run down and 
freeze and then walk away. He knew he would have to 
wait until the weather settled and the roads became dry 
in the Spring before he could ' niotor" around. 

" ... for God and Country ... '' 

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For God and Country 

We associate ourselves together 

For the following purposes: 

To uphold and defend 

The Constitution of the United States of America; 

To maintain law and order; 

To foster and perpetuate 

A one hundred per cent Americanism; 

To preserve the memories and incidents 

Of our associations in the Great Wars; 

To inculcate a sense of individual obligation 

To the community, state and nation; 

To combat the autocracy 

Of both the classes and the masses; 

To make right the master of might; 

To promote peace and good will on earth; 

To safeguard and transmit to posterity 

The principles of Justice, Freedom and Democracy; 

To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship 

By our devotion to mutual helpfulness. 

— Preaiable of the Constitution 
of The American Legion 

Stanton Burgett Post No. 201 


Newman, Illinois 

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Pleasant Ridge 

A pretty country church surrounded by many large 
shade trees and a well kept and landscaped cemetery, 
stand on a high spur of the Ridge about six miles north- 
east of Newman. Although the membership is small in 
number they are a devoted band and the church has never 
been neglected. 

The view from the church yard and cemetery is unsur- 
passed in Eastern Illinois. Many thousands of acres of 
the best land in Illinois can be seen to the south and south- 
east, and with the aid of a telescope more land and sev- 
eral towns become visible. Mrs. F. M. Kincaid, one of the 
early members, said it gave a pleasant view and a pleas- 
ant place for friends to meet on a pleasant ridge. The 
name Pleasant Ridge was also given to the school house 
which stood on the other side of the road. 

As was usual among the early settlers, they wanted a 
neighborhood church and a school. It so happened that 
most of that neighborhood were Methodist so a church of 
that denomination was organized. The school house was 
built in 1868 and J. B. Plowman was the first teacher. 
It was also a community center. 

The decline in membership began, the tiaetor started to 
replace the horses and mules on the farms. With power 
machinery, one man could do the work which had former- 
ly required three. Less housing was needed and many of 
the small, older houses were allowed to deteriorate and 
were torn down. The health of some of the older land- 
owners would not permit them to operate a tractor and 
they retired. Membership in the church dwindled until 
only a few were left, to meet the constantly increasing 
expense of yearly operation. 

In 1949, the church and cemetery were purchased from 
the Methodist Conference, the church then became, and 
will remain, a non-denominational church and will continue 
to serve the people of the community. 

In 1924, the ladies of the church organized the Pleasant 
Kidge Community Club. It is still active and has been of 
great service, in improving and beautifying the church 
and grounds. One of its members, lone K. Epperson, gave 
$1,000 for the purchase of evergreen trees and shrubs. 

Smce 1950, over $4,000 has been spent in improvements 
which include a full basement, a new automatic oil burn- 
mg furnace, concrete walks, crushed stone drives and re- 
decorating. 1 he necessary labor was donated by the men 
and women of the community. It is their desire to main- 
tain it as a House for worship, a place to meet friends 

The State Bank of Allerton 

Allerton, Illinois 



and a Memorial to their dead. 

William and Mary Heaton deeded the land for the 
church site and cemetery in 1870. Building operations be- 
gan soon after and progressed rapidly, much of the labor 
being donated. It was well proportioned, sti-ongly built 
and of the best materials. The entrance was into a hall- 
way which had a stairway to an overhead balcony at the 
rear of the assembly room. The cost of the building was 
$5,000. The first trustees were David Todd, Stephen Fields, 
Daniel Heaton, James Hoover and David McLean. The 
church was in the Newman Conference until 1895 and 
was then changed to the Allerton charge. Rev. J. B. Mar- 
tin was the first pastor. Rev. J. R. McBride sei-ved as 
pastor for many years. 

One of the prized possessions of the church is an old- 
fashioned sampler framed with a needlepoint motto "In 
God We Trust" made by Mrs. Mary Heaton, and has been 
upon the wall of the church for a great many years. Also 
on the church wall is a large oil painting, "The Lord 
m Gethsemane" which was painted by Mrs. Ervin Kincaid 
and presented to the church by her, the stained glass 
windows named and given by families in the church. 

Extensive repairs and alterations were made at the 
church in 1904 and the same fine oak seats are still used 
m the assembly room. 

George L. Akers built a new farm home recently and 
it covers "five Akers" — not as large as the one built 
by his great-grandfather in the same neighborhood. John 
S. Akers, of Pennsylvania Dutch extraction, and his Quak- 
er wife, Susan Kanear, migrated to Illinois about 1867. 
Their house covered "eleven Akers". 

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The prosperity of a comnuinity is many times linked 
with the banks of that community. It has been the good 
fortune of Newman throughout its history to have had 
good l>anks. 

The fiist was a private bank and was conducted in a 
frame building at the northwest corner of Yates and 
Broadway. Its activities were limited by the times and 
its operation continued but a short time. In January 1873 
Murphy and Hancock established a private bank which con- 
tinued operations until 1879. 

This was followed by a period in which there was no bank 
in the town until 1883, when two men from Onarga, Mr. 
Durban and Mr. Doolittle engaged in the banking business 
in Newman in a build'ng located about the center of the 
block on the north side of the city park. They also operat- 
ed but a short time and from information gathered, while 
the bank did some banking as we know it now, their prin- 
cipal business was loaning money, of their own, at very 
high rates of interest, at times as high as 25 percent a 
year. All of the above listed banks served the needs of the 
community as it existed during that period. 

In 1884, Mr. I. N. Covert and Scott Burgett established 
the Newman Bank which continued in operation under 
that name until 1903 when they were given a National 
Bank charter and the name Newman National Bank was 
the official title. This bank served the community in ev- 
ery possible way and was responsible for assisting in 
many of the improvements made in the city. They occ- 

upied very modern banking quarters in the building now- 
occupied by the Newman Building and Loan Association. 
Stroder M. Long, I. N. Covert, Scott Burgett and George 
O. Moore were associated with the bank. In later years, 
Jay T. Burgett and the late Charles C. Burgett were active 
in the operation of the bank. This bank continued until the 
banking holiday in 1934. 

The First State Bank of Newman commenced business 
Sept. 12, 1912, unde;- a State charter. Details of its history 
will be found in a full page advertisement in this Cen- 
tennial book. 

NEWMAN CENTENNIAL — AUG. 23-24-25, 1957 

Welcome, Centennial Visitors 




Lime & Posphate & General Hauling 

In recognition of pioneer woman, Sarah 
Johnson Kincaid, who resided on and purch- 
ased 120 acres of Section 16, Newman Town- 
ship in 1872; and this land is now owned by 
her grandson and great-grandchildren. 

Sarah Johnson Kincaid was the widow of 
Alpheus M. Kincaid who died in 1867 and 
mother of — 

Nathan Haitley Kincaid 
John Barney Kincaid 
James Asbery Kincaid 
Francis Marion Kincaid 
Simpson Marshall Kincaid 
Harriett Jane Kincaid 


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NORTH BROADWAY BEFORE 18y0 ... In the frame 
t-'o'-e ' oom a' the left of the picture was R. L. Robert- 
son's dry goods store. William T. Fuller had a drug store 
in the frame building: with the canvas awning. A huge 
pair of antlers are mounted on a post set just outside 
the sidewalk. Next to the drug store, Harvey Bane had 
a hardware store, whch was later sold to J. T. Hinds, who 
mov'!d the stock to the I.O.O.F. building on Railroad 
Street and later sold the business to William Swickard. 
In the ne.xt build'ng, Barrs had a furniture, hardware 
and undertaking business and next door, Lige Anderson 
sold furniture and stoves. In the next store room, the 
A.F. & .-X.M. building, Finnev & Go'dman had eeneral 
merchandise. The Masonic Building and the two adjoining 
buildins-s were built in 1875 but the Bane Building was 
not built until a year or two later. Some of the men on 

the sidewalk can be identified. Just in irunt of tiie Rob- 
ertson store is Isaac Skinner. Next, standing to the left 
of the dry goods box, is said to be George White. The 
man in the light colored coat and hat was Isom Cutsing- 
er. Wi'liam T. Fuller stands in the doorway of his drug 
store. In front of him, with his hands behind his back, 
is 0. H. Harris, who built and operated the livery stable 
where the Grab It Here Store now stands. Standing be- 
side a post in front of Bane's store, holding a pair of 
"gum boots" in his hand, is Erastus Sollers. Just to the 
left of the dry goods box in the street are W. T. Sum- 
mers and James Barr. The sidewalk display in front of 
Bane's store is a grindstone and the latest thing in wash- 
ing machines. In the lower lefthand corner of this picture 
may be seen the wide planks used as a street crossing. 

As Neiuman Celebrates 
Its Centennial Year 
We Wish it Another 

100 Years Of Happiness 

Dr. William M. Dominger 

rjeutman. Illinois 

Newman, We Congratulate You! 

1857 1957 


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James Mclntyre 

Born June 11, 1805, Aigyleshire, Scotland 

Jane Mcintosh Mclntyre 

Born Mar. 31, 1815, Inverness, Scotland 

Married Jan. 15, 1835, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada 
Settled Here Sept. 9, 1864 


Anne Mclntyre (Mrs. Neil Blue) 
Jane Mclntyre (Mrs. Thomas Shaw) 
Thomas Mclntyre 
Angus Campbell Mclntyre 
Mary Mclntyre (Mrs. Cyrus Rutherford) 
Jeannette Mclntyre (Mrs. W. A. Coolley) 
Daniel Pollard Mclntyre Joseph Mclntyre 

Malcolm Mclntyre 
James Mclntyre 
John Mclntyre 
Peter Mclntyre 





One of the best assets of any rural community are the 
physicians who live in the towns and vilhiKOs of that sec- 
tion. This was especially true in the early days. It tr»ve 
the people a feeling of security and comfort to know there 
was an able, sympathetic and faithful doctor nearby who 
would come to their aid if they became ill, or were in- 

The early settlers of this community were very fortu- 
nate; doctors came in with the pioneers. Newman ha.s been 
greatly blessed in always having resident physicians since 
It's founding a century ago. 

Prior to 1900 disabling illness was treated at the pa- 
tient's home and those who could be "up and about" went 
to the doctor's office. Only the larger cities had hospitals 
and they were primarily used for surgery. Birth took place 
in the home. 

The first doctors made their calls on horseback, cari-ying 
their supplies in saddle-bags. There were no fences and 
It was possible to take a direct line to a settler's home. 
After roads were laid out a two-wheel cart came into use. 
Neither of these gave much protection from the hot sun, 
sub-zero cold of a howling blizzard, or a downpour of 
rain. Late in the nineteenth century drainage, grading and 
leveling of highways made it possible to use a buggy. 

Careful research points to Dr. H. S. Hickman as being 
the first physician to locate in Newman. He was also the 
first druggist and had a combined drug store and office 
south of the city park on lots just east of the Legion Home. 
During Cleveland's first administration A. J. Hoover pur- 
chased the building and moved it to a lot on the east side 

of Broadway just south of the railroad where it was used 
as a postoffice. 

There is also information which indicates that a Dr. 
Kingland, Dr. J. B. Rigney and Dr. Johnson were also in 
this vicinity before 1857. 

Dr. William A. Smith came to Newman in 1801 and con- 
tinued to live here until his death. Dr. B. T. Rose came 
in 18(55 and stayed until 1887 when Dr. Clark Springer 
look over his practice. Dr. Springer died in August 1895. 
Dr. J. M. Wagner beg-an the practice of medicine in New- 
man around 1870. His office was on the northeast corner 
of Broadway and Yates streets. Dr. Cyrus Rutherford came 
to Newman from Oakland in 1877 and made his home 
here until his death in 1937. His office, a small frame 
building in the middle of the block on South Broadway, 
west of the city park is still in use. Dr. Oliver 0. Hackett 
moved to Newman in 1890 and died in 1901. A Dr. Cheatum 
practiced here for a few years but no information was 
available as to when he came. A news item dated July 27, 
189(i says: "Ur. Cheatum has moved to Sidell." 

Five "native sons," all Newman high school graduates, 
were the next physicians to locate in Newman. Dr. Aubert 
Berkley was here in 1895 but after a short stay he went 
to Renssalear, Ind., and later to the northwest where he 
still resides. Dr. Ralph W'agner also came in 1895 and 
practiced in the office with his father until 1902 when he 
went to Texas and died there May 28, 1957. Dr. C. W. 
Rutherford practiced in Newman from 1900 until 1921 
and then went to Indianapolis. It is still his home. He 
built the office now occupied by Dr. H. I. Conn. Dr. R. C. 
Gillogly came in 1901 and remained until his death. His 
office is now used by Dr. W. M. Rominger, Dentist. Dr. 
Harry W. White came in 1902 and was here only a short 
time before going to Fruit and Grand Junction, Colorado, 

Welcome, Centennial Visitors 

Compliments Of 

llidiards' Pain! and llallpaper 

BPS Paints — Housewares 

Imperial Wallpaper — Venetian Blinds 

Phone 118 :-: Newman, 111. 

where he now resides. 

Ur. H. I. McNeill opened an office in Newman in 1903 
and was here until shortly after the close of World War I. 
Dr. Veech was here a short time before opening an office 
in Atwood. Dr. Colin K. Ross moved to Newman in 1937 
and practiced here until his tragic death in an automobile 
accident in 1950. 

At the present time Newman has two excellent resident 
physicians; Dr. H. 1. Conn who came here in 1921 and 
Dr. Max E. Johnson who came in 1951. Dr. Conn served 
in the Army Medical Corps in World War I and Dr. John- 
son has been a medical officer in the U. S. Navy. 

Other Newman boys who became physicians but did not 
return to their home town are Dr. B. Frank Roller of New 
York (deceased), Dr. Louis Hull of California (deceased), 
and Dr. Coffey of Pana (deceased). Dr. Clinton D. Swick- 
ard. Dr. William Swickard and Dr. Wm. M. Hollowell, are 
in active practice in Charleston, 111. 

Dr. B. F. Mitchell, a Civil War veteran, was the first 
Newman dentist. He came here in 1870 and lived to a ripe 
old age. Dr. C. G. Bacon next came and had an office here 
for many years before his death. Dr. Dodd was here for 
a while ana then moved to Decatur, Dr. Ray Swickard and 
Dr. Willard Hagebush followed in that order but both died 
while still young men. Dr. W. M. Rominger, the present 
resident dentist, came to Newman in 1955. 

Newman boys who are dentists in other locations are 
Dr. John Green, Ur. Leslie Luallen, Dr. Ray Argenbright 
and Dr. Carl Foerester. 


Veterinarians who have served the owners of livestock 
over the years include Dr. Griffin, Dr. Thompson, Dr. 
Hines and Dr. A. B. Miller. 

James Maxwell Coolley 

One of the first settlers on the Ridge north of Newman 
was James Maxwell Coolley. Born December 1828 in Mont- 
gomery County, Indiana. In February 1851, he married 
Miss Hester A. Young and in 1853, they moved to the 
farm just west of the present Fairfield cemetery. 

Mr. Coolley was quite a politically minded man, so when 
the question of slavery arose, he changed his polities from 
Whig to Republican, remaining so the rest of his life. For 
four years, he served his community as justice of the 

At the age of 18, he joined the Cumberland Presbyter- 
ian Church. Feeling the need for a chui'ch in his vicinity, 
he and liis wife donated the land for the Fairfield church 
and the original cemetery. Later on, his son, I. N., 
owning the home farm, made available more land to en- 
large the cemetery to its present size. 

In 1858, his wife, Hester, died, leaving one daughter, 
Mary Elvira, who married John Hance. 

Mr. Coolley later married Sarah Wycoff, of Brown 
County, Ohio. To this union was born the following child- 
ren: Melinda E. (married Angus Mclntyre), Nancy E. 
(married Jesse Roller), I. N. Coolley (married Elizabeth 
Watkins, Jessie May (married George Farley), James 
Sherman (married Margaret Pearle Mclntyre), Cyrus 
Logan (married Lillian Morrison). 

The direct descendants living in this vicinity are: A. 
D. Mclntyre, J. H. Mclntyre, the Esther Mclntyre Hop- 
kins family, the Dan Mclntyre family. Earl C. Roller, I. N. 
Coolley II, James Coolley. 

James Gillogly 

Fred S. Lydick 

James Gillogly came to Newman in 18(30. From June 
1861 until he was wounded at the Battle of Stone River 
m December 1862, he served as a corporal under Captain 
(later general) U. S. Grant. At the close of the war, he 
letuined to Pennsylvania and was married to Hannah L. 
Atkinson. He returned to Newman in 1872 vifith his wife 
nnd two children, John C. and Hattie B. (Mi-s. Tom Har- 
per). Three more children were born to them, Emma J. 
(Mrs. Carl S. Burgett), Thomas B. and E. Lattimer (Mrs. 
Fred S. Lydick). Thomas died in infancy. 

Ja:nes Gillogly ran a general store in Newman until 
1898 with the exception of two years when the family 
i>ed in Wichita, Kans. 

James and Hannah Gillogly spent the 14 years prior to 
1916 in Oklahoma City, near their oldest daughter, Hattie, 
and family, and their son, John, and his wife, the former 
Eva Thomas. Both passed away in Newman at the home 
of their daughter, Lattimer, he in 1917, she two years 

The daughter-in-law, Eva Gillogly, is now living in Cal- 
ifornia. The daughter, Lattimer, makes her home with 
iier daughter, Elizabeth, Mrs. B. J. Ellis, in Litchfield, 111. 

The James Gillogly family were charter members of 
the Presbyterian church at Newman. 

Fred Scott Lydick came to Newman in February 1889 
with his parents and brother, Leslie. On July 19, 1899, 
he married Lattimer Gillogly. Four children were born 
10 them, James Boyd, who died at 14 months, Freda, who 
died at nine years, Elizabeth, now Mrs. B. J. Ellis of 
Litchfield, 111., and Louise, now Mrs. B. E. Ellison of 
Victoria, Texas. 

At the time of his death in 1943, he had the longest 
continuously active I'ecord of any business man in New- 
man, having been in the jewelry and watch repair business 
in Newman since 1893. 

Having joined the Newman Presbyterian church in 1898, 
he served as deacon and elder and for many years was 
church ti-easurer and Sunday School secretary and treas- 

Surviving him are his wife, Lattimer, Litchfield, 111., 
the two daughters, two granddaughters, two grandsons 
and three great-grandsons. 


Do the maple trees still cast their shade 

On the streets of the old home-town, 

As when, we of a generation past. 

Ran barefoot, up and down ? 

Is it still the farm-land town we loved 

In the days of lonj; ago? 

If not — do not dispel the dream, 

Memories will keep it so. 

For then the humblest home in town 

Had abundance of food to eat 

And the wealth of a man was measured 

By his acres of corn and wheat. 

And neighbor lived by neighbor, 

His joy and sorrow to share, 

With no hint of condescension 

But fellowship everywhere. 

Came school days and grown-up days, 

The career for which we'd prayed, 

With many hands extended 

To help us make the grade. 

And then, returning home again 

After a few brief years. 

We'd view the old familiar sijjhts 

With eyes bedimmed by tears. 

And no matter what the distance. 

Nor how long we had to roam, 

The rustling trees in the old town square 

Would bid us "Welcome Home." 

The allotted three score years and ten, 

Have come and gone . . . And yet. 

Life is still so well worth living. 

And the past we can never forget. 

Nellie Hinds Hammer 
Claremore, Okla. 


The poem "Memories" was written especially for this 
Centennial by Nellie Hinds Hammer. Mrs. Hammer was 
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Hinds, longtime re- 
sidents of this community. Mrs. Hammer has resided in 
Claremore, Okla., many years. She is the author of a 
book of poems that ha"e widely sold and contributes poems 
for various magazines. Her contribution to the Centen- 
i;ial Book is very much appreciated. 


Mr. Ed. Shephard came to Newman in April 
1911 and was in the Heating and Plumbing 
business from that date till the fall of 1948. 
He passed away on August 20, 1954. His eld- 
est son, Richard, served in World Wars I and 
II, taught school several years and was associ- 
ated with his father in the business. He 
passed away October 10, 1948. 

In Memory Of 

Elizabeth and Thomas House 

Joseph C. House 


Half Size Dresses 

Congratulates Newman 

On This Great Occasion 

Conii)liments Of 

Booton G? HempniU 
Insurance Agency 

Newman, Illinois 

Compliments Of 

Kook & Link Pharmacies, Inc. 

The l^exall Stores 

Paris Newman Casey 

The sturdy pioneers who filtered into this area during 
the early decades of the 19th century were dedicated men 
and women. While tl'.ey were rugged individualists, in- 
tensely interested in improving their material position, 
they were equally concerned in the intellectual and spii'- 
itual welfare of themselves and their children. Therefor, 
it is not surprising; that much of the early and rather 
meaRer data preceivsd from this early period is con- 
cerned with a desire for an established place of worship. 

Perhaps the first public religious service held in this 
community was conducted by the Rev. James McClain in 
183G at the house of Joocph Wink'.er which stood on the 
farm now owned by Harvey Winkler, his great-grandson. 
Services continued to be held in this and other houses and 
later in school buildings for scvenil years. 

It wa.s during the two decades following 1836 that three 
definite preaching points were established in school build- 
ings of the Brushy Fork area. They were known as 
School Grove, Hopkins (later known as the Winkler) 
school, and another log school building on the Ho; kins 
farm. Societies were formed in each of these centers and 
operated as a part of the Camargo Circuit, which at one 
time was seived by the Rev. Peter Cartri^ht. In the 
early 40's, the old time circuit riders with horse and 
saddle bags, were rcgulai: visitors once a month and after 
18.50, every two weeks. 

The three Societies named above had for years felt 
the need for a church b.iilding and sometime after 1850 
the latter two named decided to do something about it. 
After much wrangling, it was decided to biiiid on a site 
just south of what is known as the Hopkins bridge. Tim- 
bers were cut and brick for foundation materials were 
hauled to this site. However, before construction began, a 
few houses had been built in the Village of Newman on 
the proposed route of a laihoad which, it was rumored, 
would soon be built r.cross the prairie. Preparations for 
the new church wore stepped and after sovjral meetings 
and much discussion it was decided to build in Newman 
and the accumulated materials were moved to the loca- 
tion of the present Newman Methodist church. In 1858, 
construction was started on the first church built in New- 
man and was completed in 1859. It was a wooden biilding 

8U by 40 feet, seating 150 people and costing $1ROO. This 
Newman church remained in the Camargo charge until 
1871 when under the pastorate of the Rev. Joseph B. Mar- 
tin it was transferred to the Newman charge by the Il- 
linois Annual Conference. 

The building completed in 1859 soon proved inadequate 
to the rapid prowth in membership and growing activities 
of the church, however, it continued to .serve the Methodist 
people of the Newman area more than 40 years. During 
these years, sentiment grew progressively stronger for 
more adequate facilities for God's work, and toward the 
close of the century, plans were accepted for the erection 
of a new building on the same site. Tne building commit- 
tee was composed of Scott Burgett, R. Thomas, D. O. 
Root, Dr. J. M. Wagner, and A. J. Fonner, with the Rev. 
Click as pastor. The old liu Iding wa.s mov.d to tho north, 
given a veneer of brick and made an inte.srral p..rt of the 

The Corner Stone of the new building was laid with ap- 
propriate ceremonies on September 4, 1900, wi.h Dr. W. 
H. Wilder delivering the address. Dr. Iliff was the speak- 
er on Dedication Day after the building was compieted. 
The new structure was of brick, 75 by 85 feet containing 
auditorium, lecture room, class roo.ns, pastor's study, 
rnd large basement for cooking and dining facilities, erect- 
ed at a cost of $12,000. 

The church completed in 1900 remained without any ad- 
dition and with few alterations until 1954, a "do it your- 
self" addition to the basement was conceived and com- 
pleted. Volunteer members of the congregation did the 
necessary excavation and much of the concrete, carpenter, 
and decorative work for the addition of some 3000 square 
feet on the south side of the original basement. This last 
addition has relieved the much crowded Sunday school 
facilities and serves as a recreational and social room for 
many chuich activities. 

This centennial year for the City of Newman finds the 
Newman Methodist Church in perhaps the strongest po- 
sition it has held since its foundation, in membership, 
spiritual dedication, and service to God and the community. 
Much praise must be given to Rev. R. Edward Pinder, 
who has been its pastor during the past four years. 


SirJscue vieu; of ftailroJa et. Neonwan.Iil. ffet;. 


Up and Down Broadway - 1910 to 1957 

A hundred years is a long time. Many events are so d!ni 
in memory that it takes a stretch of the imagination to 
bring them to life. No one remains to tell, first hand, the 
many and important events that occurred in that long, long 

We do have, however, reasonably authentic accounts up 
through the years. It is my intention to attempt to set 
down some of the events and call attention to some of the 
people who have made our town what it is duiing the last 
50 years. 

I have no fear of contradiction when I say that from a 
population standpoint, Newman was at its height in 1910. 
The census of that year shows 1600 people living within 
the bounds of the town. Business was good. There were 
merchants in all lines. George Frame and A. R. McDonald 
had grocery stores, Fred L. White had an implement store, 
William Swickard owned a large hardware store on Rail- 
road Street, George W. Jackson had the marble works. Mil- 
ler's Department Store, Root Bros. Department Store, Fred 
S. Lydick, jewelry; C. G. Bacon, dentist, R. C. Gillogly, 
Physician, C. C. Rude was an osteopath, C. W. Rutherford, 
physician and surgeon, and many others. 

The Douglas County Fair was in full swing, Patterson 
Springs Chatauqua was an added attraction. The Newman 
Independent soon installed a Linotype machine. The rail- 
road ran a special train to Sullivan for the Newman-Sulliv- 
an football game. Soon, Robert A. Stickles stirred the town 
to its depths with his soul-searching revival. Tom's up- 
to-date theatre was showing the latest silent movies for 
5 and 10 cents admission. Uncle Tom's Cabin attracted 
large crowds at the Opera House, Frank K. Page sold 
Jeddo Coal, requiring only a good bankable note with ap- 
proved security in settlement. 

The new brick road was constructed north of town for 
a distance of three miles; new homes were being con- 
structed west and south of the business district. Mr. L. E. 
Root installed a real moving picture machine and was 
showing the best films of the day. Life was easy, people 
were friendly and business was booming. The community 
had not felt the impact of the automobile. Some few had 
autos, but the old hitch rack around the park was filled 

Saturday afternoons and nights with fine horses and horse- 
drawn rigs. 

Fourth of July celebrations were held each year, some- 
times in the downtown streets, often in Hopkins Woods, 
southwest of town. Entertainment was largely local. 
Greased pig contests, greased pole climbing, foot races and 
all sorts of athletic events filled the celebrations and 
Homecomings and Horseshows with good fun. Little did 
the people of Newman realize how soon all this easy com- 
fortable living was to end in the coming war years. As 
early as 1914, the newspapers were filled with the war in 
Europe. The Lusitania was front page news. German 
warships and English warships were taking control of 
the seas. The automobile was beginning to enter the scene. 
In 1916, Spencer Fonner was agent for Chevrolet (the ad- 
vertising spelling it out Chev-ro-la), Hossacks Dry Goods 
Store had replaced the Miller & Yates stores, H. L. Thom- 
as had replaced his father in the lumber business, Calvin 
and Sollers operated a meat and ice business, Taylor Bros, 
sold real estate, W. C. Booton and Harpers had the origin- 
al 5 & 10, although they catered to more expensive pur- 
chasing, as well. Johnson & Nicholson, along with Barr's, 
maintained large furniture stores; Kyde and Long pushed 
Ed V. Price clothes and fine shoes. An advertisement in 
The Newman Independent read: "Keep your deposits in 
excess of your checks and nothing will happen your mind 
to perplex." 

W. C. Booton advertised: "Railroad fares refunded to out- 
of-town customers." Akers and Fonner opened the Kandy 
Kitchen, a most popular place for all, especially children. 
Henley Eversole advertised: "We have orders for more 
than 40 cars during last week. We expect several loads 
soon." The expectation was fulfilled as Mr. Eversole un- 
loaded a whole train of automobiles, consisting of 23 car- 
loads at one time, a feat never accomplished before or 
since in this community. Hill-climbing contests were held 
between Mr. Eversole and Mr. V. Elmore to deteimine 
which car would perform the best. Dode Swigart adver- 
tised "Bring in your old harness now. Let's get going." 

William Henry was in Newman each week, buying hors- 
es, many times shipping out a caroad. Lee Allen was the 

leadinfc auctioneer; McNichols muintained a fine drug 
store where A. C. Bennett had sold drups for years. Rob- 
ert F. Cotton opened a law office in the Culberson block, 
ndvertisinir to pive "special attention to collections". 

With war clouds gathering, Congress enacted the in- 
come tax law; rate 2'V with $4000 exemption for married 
folks. S. R. Schecter was selling Olds and Overland autos. 
In May 1917, part of the large tract of land owned by 
Charles M. Culberson was offered for sale, James M. 
Hance buying 160 acres and Andrew Roller buying 160 
acres at the public sale. The price was $G'2.50 per acre. 
Edwin Routlfilge, auctioneer, and Harry Myers, clerk, 
sold town property belonging to Kdwin Nichols and W. J. 
Roller, the property being lots 9-10-11-12-1:! in block 24 of 
Coffins First Addition. War was declared. War Savings 
Stamps were introduced; Kime and Schecter sold autos; 
S. M. Brown operated a grocery store; Dr. S. J. Veach 
move<i to Newman to practice medicine; the first drawing 
for the draft was held. 

.\dam Bloss was the first name drawn in Newman 
township, if memory serves me right, and Stanton Burgett 
was the first casualty. 

Lloyd Dodd had a dentistry office in the Winn Block, 
south side of Yates Street west of Broadway. J. W. Fans- 
ler advertised to do blacksniithing of all kinds; F. H. 
Streibich advertised to "weld" cast iron, "the only shop 
within 50 miles able to do the trick"; E. J. Robinson was 
operating the Kaiidy Kitchen. The flu epidemic ravaged 
the town and many died from its effects. War and the 
flu settled gloom and worry on all sides. Prices for farm 
products were high — corn $2.25 per bushel, oats SOt. The 
era of free spending advanced prices to unheard of levels. 

U. S. bond sales were pushed, neighbor competing with 
neighbor to buy the most bonds. Quotas were set for the 

reluctant buyers and soon any expression that seemed 
to say "Germany might win" led to trouble for that party 
and unmerited distrust among his friends and neighbors. 
Tensions rose; the war took many of the young men of 
the community. Death notices from the War Department 
of the loss of loved ones was the daily expectation of 
many faniilie.--:. However, high prices, the tension of the 
times led to wild speculation and, in many cases, disastrous 
losses. Silk shirts at $15 each were in constant demand 
and $100 suits with $25 shoes for the ladies were common. 

Demands for good roads were insistent and Newman 
township was not left behind. Hard roads were built 
toward Murdock and all directions from Newman. The 
most significant development in roads started when Trails 
were being laid out. The Ocean to Ocean Highway was 
among the first, if not the first, transcontinental marked 
highway, being completely marked from New York to 
San Francisco. The telephone poles along the way were 
painted with two red and white stripes, and at frequent 
intervals so travelers could follow it without a guide book. 
The loads were not better than others — but they were 
marked. Woe to the traveler if he lost the markings. Mass 
meetings were held all alon"; the highway demanding that 
certain routes be followed. Newman's principal boosters 
were Frank K. Page and Henley Eversole. 

With the Armistice declared in 1918, conditions immed- 
iately began to retard — the urge was there, but everything 
slowed. Those who had the battle to fight on the home 
front at that time stand out as heroes at Home — P. P. 
Long, C. E. Douglass, George O. Moore, J. W. Bell, L. C. 
Freesh, an auctioneer, U. G. Gregg and Hiram Gregg, W. 
E. Fidler, Fred L. White, Burgett and Baxter (Thomas 
Burgett and Harry Baxter) who built a new brick garage, 
now occupied by Trinkle Chevrolet Co., together with 

It's good 
to have 
on hand 


Bottled und*r owthority of Tha Coco-Colo Company by 

Also Bottlers of Royal Palm Flavors 

ministers C. E. VanDermaten, Presbyterian, H. W. Hunter, 
Christian, and H. G. Becl<, Methodist, were in the fore- 
front. Emil L. Wiese came to Newman during this per- 
iod and changed many aspects of the community. He built 
his very fine home on South Broadway. Following a fire 
which burned the elevator and lumber yard in which he 
had large investments, he promoted the rebuilding of the 
large concrete elevator that rises to a height of 110 feet 
above ground level. The 20's saw many businesses start, 
many fail and the whole business atmosphere of the 
town was one of constant stress. 

R. C. Gillogly erected the Ocean to Ocean service sta- 
tion at the corner of Yates and Kings Streets. He oper- 
ated this station together with F. G. Saunders. He was 
not only a pioneer in this enterprise, but rendered the 
community a great modern service. Later, Demp Cut- 
singer became associated with Dr. Gillogly and expanded 
the business to include a bulk oil plant. The Newman 
Memorial Park grew into a reality in 19?2, being pro- 
moted largely by Henley Eversole. It has been a fine re- 
creational spot for the community through the years. 

T. J. Swigart is the oldest native born citizen who has 
been in business continuously during the last 50 years. 
Our next oldest business man in point of operating con- 
tinuously is Mack Hollowell, who through good times and 
bad, has operated a good grocery store. Kind and affable, 
he is efficient in conducting his business. He opened his 
store for business Jan. 9, 1922. Through the 20's and into 
the 30's, Newman lost population. The automobile fact- 
ories, the various war industries took many of the young 
men of the community. 

Mrs. A. H. Shute's millinery store, Newman Cleaners, 
owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Purdue; Jay 
North's Parlor barbershop. Grain Drug Store, Percy King's 

meat market, J. M. Bridge's notion store, Newman Motor 
Co., Rex Green, owner, dealing in Ford cars, and Bell 
Auto Co. were among those who stayed on in the face of 
all back-sets. 

Our earliest beauty shop, perhaps, was operated by Avis 
Brooks Read. Dr. F. C. Tabler, an osteopath, was very 
successful here, as well as B. L. Adams, the Newman 
Co-Op Shipping Association with W. L. Ramp, manager, 
which attempted to furnish the farmer with a better mar- 
ket for his livestock; although Wes Pinnell, a stock buyer 
of the old school, bought most of the livestock then being 
shipped to market by rail. As trucks came in, that line 
of business disappeared locally. 

The Newman Building and Loan Association helped 
many pay for homes although through the 20's and 30's, 
very few homes were built. The notable exception was 
the E. L. Wiese home, which was one of the finest in the 
city. At this time, the Quality Cheese and Butter Co. 
established a cheese factory, which A. C. Albin later pur- 
chased and operated. Mr. Albin, an oil operator, brought 
both wealth and fame to Newman. His large holdings in oil 
enabled him to purchase at very reasonable prices large 
farms in the immediate vicinity of Newman. At a time 
when farms were almost a drag on the realty market, Mr. 
Albin contributed to the prosperity of the town with his 
forward look and interest. Then came the banking hol- 
iday — corn Hi per bushel, oats, which was a large crop 
at that time, 6<- per bushel. Soybeans were just coming 
into their own at that time, and did not make a substantial 
showing. Here was the turning point in the farm picture. 
Tractors, and more tractors, came into use. Implements 
changed to larger and heavier types. Implement dealers 
came almost overnight. Burgett and Buckler filled in 
where Fred L. White left off when he retired. L. L. Dil- 

Newman Woman's Club 

In memory and appreciation of the members of New- 
man Woman's Club for their diligent and faithful service. 


Keep us, oh, God, from pettiness; let us be large in 
thought, in word, in deed. 

Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self- 

May we put away all pretense and meet each other face 
to face, without prejudice. 

May wc never be hasty in judgment and always gen- 

Let us take time for all things; make us to grow 
calm, serene and gentle. 

Teach us to put into action our better impulses, 
straightforward and unafraid. 

Grant that we may realize it is the little things that 
create differences; that in the big things of life we are 
as one. 

And may we strive to touch and to know the great, 
common human heart of us all; and, oh Lord, let us not 
forget to be kind! 

— Mary Stewart 

lavou came with Case implements. 

The lonp-awaited waterworks came into existence and 
althuu^h WPA was necessary to furnish the supervision 
with PVVA money, the system was l)uilt ami has become 
a self-sustaining municipal operation. The Kiwaiiis Cluli 
was organized and has made itself felt in the community. 
Richard established himself as a merchant in men's 
wear, Phelps Variety Store prospered for awhile. The 
Newman Fair put on a show for four years, providing big 
premium lists, fine entertainment and dance bands from 
the big circuits of the country. Jan Garber, "Idol of the 
.\ir Lanes", was a top attraction at one fair. 

Pyle's Store was a leading dry goods store, operated by 
Leonard Pyle. M. L. Davis built and operated a tourist 
court, which has been a great asset to the town. Schweiz- 
er Chevrolet, operated by E. G. Schweizer, brought to 
the town a large Chevrolet dealership. A Star U. S. 
mail route brought more mail service to the community. 
With the oiling of the country roads, automobile travel 
became a year around matter and rural routes serving 
Newman were cut to two routes. The service was not im- 
paired, the routes were just lengthened. 

Paul Reese's Texaco service station, R. W. Swickard, 
dentist; The Newman Bakery, Sam Salsman, Coff man's 
General Store. Thelma Tharp Beauty Shop, Smith Drug 
Store, Newman Tire and Battery Shop. John C. Clay,, Mabel RogtTs Shoppe, Edna Rice Ready to Wear 
store, Silberman's Furniture, operated by Jay North, J. R. 
Crai,? Grocery, M. L. McDermott watchmaking, Fleetwood 
battery shop, Taylor Bros, real estate were the businesses 
that operated. Some flourished, some died on the vine 
during these trying times — during the Twenties and the 

The Newman Grain and Lumber Co. now became as- 
sociated with the Federal-North Iowa Grain Co., and 
the large concrete elevator owned by the E. L. Wiesa 
family now was operated by Federal-North Iowa. The 
other elevators in the community also were purchased 
by them and operated as a unit. Elvis Weathers was as- 
sociated with them for a period but later operated his own 
grain buying program and instituted a new method of 
buying grain — by pricintr it, especially corn, at the crib 
on the farm. His fleet of corn shelkrs handled hirgo a- 
mounts of grain which he marketed in his own trucks at 
Paris, principally, but also at Champaign and Decatur. 

The Hi-Quality Hatchery brought to the community 
hatching facilities for baby chicks. The chicks were hatched 
locally. The business prospered because the chicks did not 
suffer from shipping and handling as was the case with 
chicks shipped from the outside. Hi-Quality was one of 
the firsts in Newman. It was operated by Lloyd Boyer. 

Other names or business to conjure with as times be- 
came better and business prospered are Newman Lumber 
Co., owned by E. J. Lyon, B. W. Ilooe Local Dairy, John 
Wax Dairy, Carl S. Long Jr., insurance, James L. Dague 
Insurance, Maggie & Bill Restaurant, Williamson Grocery 
and Meat Market, owned by Louis Williamson, McCall's 
Variety Store, Tackitt and Henderson barbershop, Louden 
Packing Co., Crites Canning Co., Frank Marshall, Texaco 
bulk dealer, and Joe Job, sUition operator. Natural gas 
came to Newman in 1938, piped in here by the Citizens 
Gas Co. of Tuscola. Great care was used in the installa- 
tion and though people were skeptical at first, it quickly 
became the principal fuel for heating and cooking. Over 
the years, Newman has had five men who hnve gone to 
the legislature of the State of Illinois — Stroder M. Long, 
Carl S. Burgett, J. T. Hinds, Harry Baxter and Raymond 
C. Gillogly. 

Kook and Link brought to Newman the finest drug store 
in onr history. They succeeded James Linder, who, due 

to ill health, retired. 

Mr. Roo.sevelt said: "Mothers, your sons will never be 
called to fight on foreign soil." But no sooner than the 
words were spoken we were in World War II up to our 

The effect of World War II on the community is hard 
to understand. So many men were called into service that 
labor on farms was hard to secure. The town people were 
asked to assist in farm work and many did. Drives for 
money were weekly affairs. Red Cross, Salvation Army, 
and bonds needed vasts sums of money. Auctions were 
held to promote the sale of Savings bonds. One such 
auction netted bond sales in excess of $400,000. Some of 
the article auctioned were foods of all kinds that had been 
donated. Even $20 bills were offered to the person who 
bid the highest number of bonds. At the auction mentioned 
above, bonds were purchased by 225 different individuals. 
Living costs as well as prices for machinery soared. To 
keep pace, prices of grain reached levels higher than in the 
first World War. At that time, prices were controlled. 
Gasoline was rationed and only that amount necessary to 
conduct one's business was given to individuals. Speed 
limits were set for automobiles at 45 miles per hour. Train 
travel was almost impossible, troop movements taking 
most of the available seat space. Troop trains were a 
daily sight through the city. Streets were full of men in 
uniform. Allowances for families were raised until a de- 
cent living was made possible for servicemen's families. 
All this time, everybody was wondering what would hap- 
pen after the war. Would we go into another depression ? 
Would there be jobs for the returning men? Would the 
factories have to shut down and turn men out of work 



Colin K. Ross, M. D. 
1884 - 1950 

AN 1895 "supermarket)) . 

as had been the case following World War I ? 

The same spirit that pulled us out of the depression 
prevailed and extreme hardship was avoided. 

Joe Pasero operated a cafe following John Wolf, who 
had been in the restaurant business for more than 20 
years. "The Three Sisters", Maggie Dalzell and Bill, to- 
gether with Mrs. Ed Sutton and Mrs. Maud Hamilton, en- 
tered successfully into the restaurant business in the 
building known as the Havens Building on West Yates 
Street across from the post office. The postal service 
has been handled by J. T. Hinds, Ralph Waters, C. Q. 
Whallon, H. B. Rutherford and John Goodson, with Chas. 
Reed and others serving part time between appointments. 

Klondike Cafe, owned and operated by Grant Howard, 
was a real fixture in town for many years and with the 
granting of licenses to taverns became one of the first to 
secure a license to operate as a tavern. Others followed 
quickly, with Broadway Tavern being remodeled and built 
into a tavern and restaurant. All the taverns have had 
various owners. 

In 1940, Wilbur Leitzke purchased the Newman Cheese 
Factory and continued its operation for several years. 
Cornwell's Confectionery replaced the Kandy Kitchen, op- 
erated by Earl Cornwell. D. W. Culton improved the froz- 
en food lockers that had been built by previous owners 
and added a grocery stock to the business. Lloyd's furn- 
iture was the outgrowth of a small furniture stock worked 
in with the hatchery business by Lloyd Boyer. Floyd 
Rahn as auctioneer held most of the community sales. 
Roller Arms Apartments, constructed from one of the 
large homes in the community, was planned by George 
Philip Roller, who had purchased the property from his 
uncle, George Roller. D. 0. Kibler gave Newman its first 
bakery in many years and continued until Mr. Kibler de- 
cided to farm. Don Martin first advertised to do custom 
hauling. Stringent trucking rules caused him to switch 
to operating school buses for the high school and grade 
schools. John E. Pollock Agency and W. C. Booton Agency 
became the larger insurance businesses in the city. 

Businesses in Newman today are: 

Polar Freeze (Frank Ousley, owner), Newman Independ- 

ent (E. E. Dilliner), H. I. Conn, M. D., Epperson Market 
(Russell Epperson), T. J. Swigait (harness and supplies), 
Newman Cleaners (Mr. and Mrs. Forrest McCown), Style 
Shop (Mrs. George Barr), Lloyd's Furniture (Lloyd Boyer). 

Davis Clothing Store (Lyle Davis), Davis Electric Shop 
(Deane C. Davis), Booton and Hemphill Insurance Agency, 
Toppe's Plumbing and Heating (Irvin Toppe), Kook & 
Link Pharmacies, Inc. (W. H. Kook), Barr & Son (George 
Barr), Harshbarger Barbershop (Gilbie Harshbarger), 
First State Bank of Newman, Post Office (John R. Good- 
son, postmaster), Sally Ann Beauty Shop (Roeanna Ben- 
net VanDyke), William M. Rominger, dentist. Ocean to 
Ocean Oil Co. (Dennis Bros.), Reese Dague Repair Shop, 
Max E. Johnson, M. D., Grab It Here (Paxton Wholesale 
Grocery Co.), McCall's Variety Store (Wilbur Thompson). 

D & H Tavern, R. B. Gossett Implement Co., Broadway 
Tavern, Klondike Tavern, Shephard Motor Co. (Ted Shep- 
hard), Biddle Feed & Seed (Loren Biddle), Newman Lum- 
ber Co. (Paul and Bart House), Newman Hotel (Cliff 
Bails), Federal-North Iowa Grain Co. (Charles Reed, 
manager), William Kelm blacksmith shop, Trinkle Chev- 
rolet (Ray Trinkle), Culton's Market (D. W. Culton es- 
tate). Mack Hollowell grocery, Richards Paint Shop (Lu- 
cille Richards), Newman Building & Loan Association, 
Recreation Parlor (J. E. Sage), Oscar Gallion barbershop, 
M. L. McDermott, watchmaker, Kelley Emrick serv- 
ice station. Booty's Repair Shop (Graydon Griffin), Shell 
Service Station (Cleo Underwood), Davis Motel (Kendall 
Davis), Davis Restaurant (Darrell Davis), Frances Beauty 
Shop (Frances VanSickle), Betty's Beauty Shop (Betty 
Bennett), Dock and Demp Station (Ernest Sutton), Hays 
Service Station (Bert Hays), Don Martin Garage, A. B. 
Miller, veterinarian; Miller Motor Sales (Harold Miller), 
Pollock Insurance Agency (John and Dorris Pollock), Gib- 
son Cafe (Roy and Helen Gibson), Louise Beauty Shop 
(Louise Board), James L. Dague, insurance; Tucker Ma- 
chine Shop, Enrl Allen, bulk petroleum distributor. Homer 
Epperson, bulk petroleum distributor; Harry M. Hixson 
Service Station, Fritz Shoe Shop (Winfred Hout), North- 
side Market (Murle Bunten), Smith Seed Co. 



The contrast bt'tweeii what this country now is and what 
it was a quarter of a century ago is very trreat. Then, it 
was one unbounded prairie, dotted here and there with 
small groves and an occasional belt of timber marking 
the route of some water course. At long distances, large 
herds of cattle and sheep could be seen quietly grazing 
and these and swine furnished the money accumulated 
liy the early pioneers. 

Farming was done mainly on the ridges or elevated 
lands while the lower lands, not being considered tillable, 
furnished excellent pasture. 

Educational facilities and religious privileges were quite 
limited. Railroad communications were inadequate to the 
needs of the country. Homer on the north, Tuscola west 
and Paris on the southeast were so far distant that it took 
an entire day to haul a load of grain to mill or market, or 
to get a little shopping done. On the Stiite Road from 
Hereford Park (four miles north of Newman) to Hickory 
Grove (Palermo) east were not more than one-half dozen 
infeilor dwellings. Behold the change! The road is now 
thickly lined with substantial and ornamental residences 
and two fine churches rear their lofty spires where only 
a few years ago unsightly school houses furnished places 
for worship. 

For many years there were no churclies except one at 
Newman and one at Camargo. Finally the Brushy Fork 
(Pleasiint Grove) church was built, the Embury chapel. 
Fairfield followed next and soon after Pleasant Ridge; 
then the Baptist church at Hickory Grove, or Palermo, 
and more recently a Christian church on Brushy Fork. 

In the early days some liberal farmer would offer his 
large barn for funeral services or for quarterly meetings. 
In contrast with the limited capacity of the small school- 
houses and, with the floor nicely swept and benches, wag- 
on seats and chairs well arranged, they proved no mean 
place for gatherings. 

On the Ridge, meetings were frequently held in the 
large barn belonging to the late William Young which was 
built in war times at a cost of $2,500, the roof alone cost- 
ing $600. Now (1885) several large barns could be built 
for the same money. 

In those times people were much more social than now. 
Camp meetings, Sunday School picnics and basket dinners 
were held. The Broailus grove near Camargo was the 
scene of many Sunday School gatherings, the feature at- 

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Bakers Of 

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traction being music by the different schools and their 
sweet voices will long live in the memory of many of those 
who heard their sweet harmonies. The Camp Meetings, 
now nearly obsolete, were a great success, the absence 
of churches creating their necessity. Even that august 
body which dates its origin back to the times of Solomon's 
Temple — the Masons — were much more obsei-vant of 
their anniversaries than of late years and St. John' Day 
was yearly celebrated in this same grove by the lodges 
from the various towns. Old fashioned singing schools 
were held almost every night to which the young people 
went through rain or shine. 

Newman was then nothing more than a "four corners", 
composed of one dry goods and one grocery store, a post- 
office, school house, blacksmith shop, one church and a 
few dwellings. 

A few years ago a railroad was constructed through 
Newman. A little later another railroad was built about 
eight miles north of Newman, running east and west 
through the southern part of the great "Broadlands" farm. 

Behold this land today! Where is the low-lying "untill- 
able" prairie of only a few years ago? -■Ml drained out. 
Where was once almost impassable swamps can now be 
found our most fertile corn fields. Neat farm i-esidences 
are thickly interspersed; the countryside and Newman, 
its trading center and market, is a robust town with fine 
schools, three churches, many stores and shops, an elevat- 
or, a flour mill, livery stables, four doctors and a dentist, 
a newspaper, tile factories and brick yards, and well over 
a thousand inhabitants. 

It is a "Land of Plenty". 

— From a Mary Jane Page article in The Independent 

W. Lewis G? Co. 

Chamjiaign's Leading 
Department Store 

THE OLD MILL ... Located on a site now occupied by the residences of Russell Epp- 
person, James Drake and Mrs. Charles Kirchner. 

In the late sixties or early seventies, the "old flour 
mill" was constructed by Enos Siler, who came to the 
community from Cooks Mills, an early community set- 
tled near Mattoon. He was the father of Albert Siler, 
who for many years operated a grocery store in New- 
man, first on the east side of North Broadway and later 
in the Masonic building on the west side of the street 

The mill was a three story, frame building about 80 
leet square — a very strong and practical building. The 
machinery was powered by a steam engine and employed 
stone burrs for grinding. 

This mill v/as situated on the land where the houses of 
Russell Epperson, James Drake and the late Charles 
Kirchner now stand. It was operated by J. L. Berkley, 
grandfather of Edgar and Russell Young. When Mr. S;ier 
came to Newman, he brought Mr. Berkley with him from 
Cooks Mills to operate the mill. 

Water to operate the steam plant came from a large 
pond, about 100 feet square, which was created by simply 
e.\eavating a shallow pit. Due to the fact there was no 
drainage in the country at that early date, water stood 
in the sloughs and natural ditches the year around and 

water supply was maintained 12 months without difficulty. 

In winter, the frozen mill pond afforded an ideal spot 
for skaters to cavort. It was on this pond that Ruben 
Thomas, one of the prominent businessmen of the period, 
proved himself to be the finest skater in the community. 
With his flashing blades, he could trace his name and 
cut numerals in the ice with considerable skill. 

The mill was operated for many years, grinding wheat 
raised in the vicinity into flour to be returned to the 
grower for his own use. 

After a few years, Enos Siler sold his interest to Ruben 
Thomas and J. L. Berkley, who, in turn, sold to John 
Poulter. Achieving little or no success with the mill, 
Poulter sold his interests to Charles M. Culberson, who, 
with W. A. Jennings, attempted to promote an electric 
light plant. This project, however, was dropped after fire 
destroyed the mill before the plant materialized. 

The promoters had planned to operate the light plant 
with the steam power available at the mill. It is interest- 
ing to note that the suggested rate for the small candle- 
power lights that were to be used was $1.25 per week per 

Culton Implement Co. 

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Mrs. Sue Cash Springer called to her home on Aug. 10, 
1901, a proup of lot-al women who were interested in or- 
granizinfT a Woman's Club in Newman. Several months' 
study, consideration and solicitation of prospective mem- 
bers had preceded this meetintr. An organization was af- 
fected with the purpose of the club being to promote soc- 
ial fellowship and mental culture. 

The officers ele<-ted were: President, Mrs. Sue Cash 
Springer; first vice-president, Mrs. Irabelle Smith; sec- 
ond vice-president, Mrs. Elizabeth Frame; corresponding 
and recording secretary. Miss Carolyn Thomas; treasurer, 
Mrs. Minnie I. Wagner. 

Charter members were Mrs. Grace Alkire, Miss Margar- 
et Black, Mrs. M. W. Bennett, Mrs. Pearle Bennett, Mrs. 
Alice Burgett, Mrs. Emma Burgett, Mrs. N. L. Chapman, 
Mrs. Elizabeth P. Cash, Mrs. Lillie Eagler, Mrs. Olive Ev- 
irsole, Mrs. Elizabeth Y. Frame, Mrs. H. L. Gillogly, Mrs. 
Pearl Alley Gillogly, Mrs. Maude Gillogly, Miss Nellie 
Hollowell, Mrs. S. E. Holmes, Mrs. Belle Jenkins, Mrs. 
Lillie A. Kyde, Mrs. Lattie Lydick, Mrs. Ella M. Moore, 
Mrs. Emma B. Page, Mrs. M. J. Page, Miss Hattie E. 
Root, .Miss Blanche Root, Miss Blanche Rude, Mrs. Lida 
Root, .Mrs. Grace Rutherford, Miss Stella Stone, Miss 
Anna Sidenstricker, Mrs. Gcorgianna Simmons, Mrs. Ina 
Scotten, Mrs. Irabelle Smith, Mrs. Sue C. Springer, Mrs. 
Jane Shaw, Miss Carolyn Thomas, Mrs. Rosalia H. Thom- 
as, Mrs. Sin:i Stickel Thomas, Mrs. L. C. Turner, Mrs. 
Lulu Cash Vandine, Mrs. Minnie Wagner, Mrs. Ella Wag- 
ner, Mrs. F'lora White. 

The club motto, "Why Stay We on Earth Except to 
Grow", and the club emblem, the Evergreen, have remained 
the same throughout the years. The club colors which 
were originally pink and white, are at present pink and 

There were no departments, club members were ex- 
pected to he interested in all phases of study. The sub- 
jects considered during the first year pertained to Americ- 
an literature and the home. Club meetings were held in 
the homes of the members. 

The club became District Federated in 1903 and State 
Federated in 1905. A club library, open to members and 
the public on Friday afternoons, was established in 1909, 
at the home of Miss Josephine Siler, with Miss Siler act- 
ing as librarian. The club library was moved to the grade 
school and the Township High School and finally to the 
Presbyterian church in 1917 (present location), still be- 
ing maintained by the Woman's Club until 1!)26. 

Three departments were formed in 1911: Literature, 
Music and Domestic Science. Members had the privilege 
of belonging to all departments or any of their choice. 

The club functioned under those departments until 
1929, when the Garden department was added. Between 
19:W and 1938 the departments of Publicity, Art, and Mo- 
tion Pictures were adopted. In later years, the depart- 
ments have varied, with Conservation, Legislation, Amer- 
ican Home, and Drama adding to the scope of the club's 
programs. The membership is general now rather than 

Since 1947, club meetings have been held in the Kiwanis 
club rooms. The club became General Federated in 194.'). 
Through the years of its existence, the Newman Woman's 
Club has met the reiiuirements of district, state, and gen- 
eral federations, and supported their various projects. 
While the club still functions as an organized center 
through which educational and social interests of women 
were the original object, service to mankind was a natural 

The club has contributed in many ways to the better- 
ment and upbuilding of the community. Free lectures 
have been given to the public. Milk has been furnished to 
undernourished children. Club members have traveled 
to veterans' hospitals to present programs and gifts to 
the patients. Subscriptions to Book Clubs for the library 
have been maintained. Trees, shrubs and flowers have 
1 een planted. Financial contributions have been made to 
various medical research associations. For several years, 
i> local high school student has been sponsored at the 
Egyptian Music Camp. 

The membership fluctuates from year to year. The 
largest membership being 94; the present membership 
is (18. Club members who have been honored with a Life 
Membership, in recognition of service to the club, include: 
Mrs. Rosalia H. Thomas, Mrs. M. J. Page, and Mrs. Carl 
Long. Members who have served as 19th District Chair- 
men are Mrs. Arthur Parr, Mrs. Madge Conn and Mrs. 
Everett Young. 

The following members have served as president: 
*Mrs. Sue Cash Springer 1901-07; *Mrs. R. C. Gillogly 
1907-09; "Mrs. N. L. Chapman 1909-10; *Mrs. Sue Cash 
Springer 1910-12; *Mrs. William Morrow 1912-15; 'Miss 
.\gnes Rutherford 1915-16; Mrs. Carl Long 1910-17; Mrs. 
Mabel Adams 1917-19; Mrs. A. R. McDonald 1919-20; Miss 
Louise Mclntyre 1920-21; Miss Eugenia Rutherford 1921- 
23; Mrs. Arthur Parr 1923-25; *Mrs. Edgar Young 1925- 
27; *Mrs. E. O. Swickard 1927-28; 'Mrs. J. M. McKnight 
(Sue Cash Springer) 1928-30; Mrs. J. C. Dawson 1930-:n; 
Mrs. William Hance 1931-32; Miss Martha Shephard 1932- 
3."); Mrs. Everett Young 1935-37; Mrs. Ervin Kincaid 1937- 







Along about 1890, give or take a few years, telephone 
service came to Newman. A very dim memory of this 
"Step in the March of Progress" is that it was called the 
Douglas County Telephone Co., whose president was Mr. 
Culver of Decatur and J. W. Hamilton of Tuscola, general 
manager. It was also often called the 'Bell telephone" 
because of having been invented by a man of that name. 

The first "exchange" was in a room of the Smith home 
on West Green street, now the residence of Wesley Gal- 
lion. When the two-story brick store room at the northwest 
corner of Broadway and Yates was built, shortly before 
the turn of the century, the exchange was moved there, 
to the same room is occupies today. 

At first, all of the subscribers lived in Newman. Marion 
Young, J. A. Church, John Hance and Logan CooUey were 
probably the first country residents to have telephones. 
They built and paid for their line and then gave it to the 

Meanwhile, a man named Chapman came to Newman and 
started another telephone company, with an e.xchange in 
the upper floor of the Thomas lumber company office on 
North Yates street. The two exchanges were not con- 
nected by wires, which made a complication very unpop- 
ular among the business and professional men — they 
had to install and pay rental on two telephones. After 
£> few years of service, the Chapman company closed its 

In the early days the list of country subscribers in- 
creased rapidly and the company bought a team of dun- 


From early spring in 1843 until October of 1847, Negro 
slaves were held in bondage in what is now Newman town- 

They were brought here from Bourbon county, Kentucky, 
by their owner, Robert Matson, to what was known as 
Black Grove, on the north bank of Brushy Fork creek two 
miles east of Newman. Only a few trees of this grove 

Records of the public land office at Palestine show that 
Matson entered the 80 acres described as the west half 
of the northwest quarter of section 33, township 16 north, 
range 14 west, on Aug. 3, 1842. Just why he selected this 
particular tract is not known, unless it was that this grove 
was at the east end of the timber along Brushy Fork and 
prairie lands for grazing were north, east and south of 
it and a streak of gravel in the stream bed provided a good 
ford for crossing. Adjoining land was a part of the public 
domain lands until after 1850, open to anyone. 

Matson would bring slaves from his home near Paris, 
Ky., in the spring to do farm work and take them back to 
Kentucky in the late fall, leaving one to look after the 
place until his return the following year. In 1847, he 
brought a slave woman and her four children but late in 
the summer a threat to take the four children back to 
Kentucky to be sold caused them to flee to Oakland where 
they were aided by two abolitionists. Matson, in an effort 
to regain his slaves, brought suit in the courts at Charles- 
ton and at a trial held Oct. 16, 1847, the slaves were de- 
clared free. Matson's attorneys were Usher F. Linder and 
Abraham Lincoln. 

colored ponies and a buggy for the use of the "trouble- 
shooter" in maintaining the farmers' lines and phones and 
installing new service. 

38; Miss Gladys Rae Watkins 1938-41; Mrs. Russell Young 
1941-42; Mrs. Willard Hagebush 1942-43; Mrs. G. P. Roll- 
er 1943-4.5; Miss Genevieve Myers 1945-46; Mrs. W. C. 
Booton 1946-48; Mrs. William B. McGaughey 1948-49; Mrs. 
Homer Epperson 1949-50; Mrs. Frank Marshall 1950-51; 
Mrs. Harold Eckerty 1951-52; Mrs. Loren Biddle 1952-53; 
Mrs. Ross Richards 1953-54; Mrs. Fletcher Weathers 1954- 
55; Mrs. Frank Ousley 1955-56; Mrs. John R. Wagner 
1955-57. 'Deceased. 


Villa Grove 
State Bank 


H. M. Garber 0. D. 
A. B. Baker 0. D. 


Tuscola, Illinois 

Villa Grove, Illinois 



Ol.n OI'KHA HOrSE BLOCK — Thr almve is a 
picture of Kast Yates street as it appeared over 60 
Years aK<>. It »as taken sometime between 1890 
and 1895. W. J. (J. Found, whose name appears, did 
not go into the hardware business until February 
of 1S90: and the picture was first publisht'd in the 
Special Anniversary edition of The Newman Inde- 
pendent in 189.^. Indernoath it was the line, "Thom- 
as Hull's Corn Parade", but no other information. 
.Mr. Hull did not operate an elevator but he bouj^ht 
corn and shipped it in carload lots. Lined up at the 
left of the front row can be seen a horse drawn corn 
sheller and a steam encine. In the street is an est- 
imated l.'iOO bushels of ear corn, enough to fill a 40- 
ton box car with shelled corn. The man on horseback 
is Sam Kecord. a st«K-!> buyer who was associated 
»ilh Mr. Hull. 

The lar);e brick building is the old Opera House 

blmk, all of which, with the exception of the section 
which bears the name "Root Hros,", was destroyed 
by fire early in 1903. This block was built in 1875 
by Isaac \V. Hurt;ett (Root Bros.), Howard Bros, 
(furniture). Murphy & Hancock & Co. (bank), Judd 
Thayer (Pound Hardware) and L. .1. Cash (clothini;). 
Between the Opera House block and the livery stable 
(now the city building) stood the residence of Peachy 
Cash, father of .S. C. and L. J. Cash, who died in 
ISSl and was buried at Fairfield. The three small 
business rooms just east of the large building were 
built later by James P. Heaton and Joseph Dawson. 

.\t the left was a small, two-room physician's 
office built soon after the Civil War and occupied 
by Dr. >V. .\. Smith and later by Dr. J. M. Wagner. 

Across the picture can be seen two lines which 
were wires to carry electricity from the Streibich 
blacksmith shop, Newman's first electric light plant. 

Since 1874,.. 

. . . The Independent has been the only news- 
paper devoted solely to the interests of the 
Newman communitv. 

From handset type to modern Linotype 
production . . . from "foot-powered" presses 
to the modern automatic . . . through every 
phase of printing progress, two qualities 
have remained constant — Service and 

We are proud to be able to perpetuate 
that tradition in Newman history. 

The Independent Printing Co. 

Publishers of The Newman Independent 

fact anJ fancy 

There was always sicknesses, snake biles, new babies 
or broken bones among the sparsely settled land, and a 
doctor's business depended on his house calls. Many times 
coming eastward from the town of Newman, he had to 
swim his horse throug-h the slough and sometimes leave 
the horse and proceed on foot. 

At a time when it v.a^s suspected that a certain party 
in Newman was selling liquor rather under the counter, 
it was the custom of some of the faithful to get down to 
the outlet early in the morning to get an early nip. One 
morning the operator of the place failed to get down at 
the appointed time and the thirsty individuals were pu- 
ting in the time discussing the age of some of the build- 
ings on the square. It finally revolved itself around how 
long each of the individuals had been in Newman. At last, 
one of the party, who also was late getting around, came 
in sight and he was questioned as to how long he had 
been here. "Ever since 6:00 o'clock; isn't that old so and 
so down yet," he exclaimed. 

Many early residents of Newman were Civil War veter- 
ans and they loyally supported the Grand .Army of the Re- 
public as long as there was a living member. They usual- 
ly turned out to the last man for a holiday celebration. 
Mrs. May Lewis Stickles and her son, Frank, had an up- 
stairs apartment on the west side of the park On the 
Fourth of July, she invited ladies to viev.' the parade from 
her balcony. Down the street swung the boys in blue with 
muskets on their shoulders (loaded with wads). One-two- 
three-half -fire — came the command; and fire they did, 
just under the balcony. But screams and a hasty exit to 
safer quarters was the answer. Some fertile mind had pro- 
vided each gun with enough powder to make the report 
very interesting. — Helen L. Fansler. 

Dr. John R. Wagner, who practiced medicine in Newman 
for a lifetime, was known as a very hard master on the 
horses he drove when making his professional calls. On 
returning from a trip to the countrj-, he came to the of- 
fice with his horse almost exhausted and covered with 
lather from the heat. His son, Ralph, who also was a 
physician, remonstrated with Dr. Wagner, saying he was 
driving the horse too hard. The doctor is reported as re- 
plying: "Ralph, always keep in mind that there will be 
plenty of horses when both of us are dead and gone." 

Centennial Greetings 
Sally Ann Beauty Shop 


NewTnan, Illinois 


The Newman Independent was first published by Cicero 
V. Walls in .April 1873. In October, publication was sus- 
pended for a year and then resumed by Mr. Walls. In 
1882. it was leased to Carl H. Uhler and he continued it 
until sometime in 1883 when Mr. Walls again took over, 
until 1884 when it was leased to A. B. Smith. A. B. Smith 
and his brother, M. S. Smith, bought the paper in 1887. 
In 1890, it was moved from its quarters the south- 
east corner of the public square to its present location. 
M. S. Smith became the sole owner in 1894 and he con- 
tinued to edit and publish the paper until his death on 
May 18, 1928. 

His son, H. B. Smith, continued to operate the news- 
paper until .April 1, 1949, when it was purchased from 
the Smith estate bv Eugene E. Dilliner of Arf-ola. 

Centennial Greetings 


Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Sy 

Joe Coffey Says; 

You'll Find 

A Car 

To Suit Your 

Purse and 


— At — 

Coffey Auto Market 

529 E. North St. 

Decatur, 111. 


Pollock Insurance Agency 

North Side Square Newman, 111. 

Representing - 

Hartford Fire Insurance Company 
Aetna Insurance Company 

Insurance Company of Nortk America 
Ohio Casualty Insurance Company 

Economy Fire and Casualty Company 
Illinois National Insurance Company 

Our sincere thanks go out to the community 
ior the substantial volume of business they 
have entrusted to our care. We feel that we 
have contributed much to the financial se- 
curity of our locality. These reliable com- 
panies have not only paid the many day to 
day small claims, but have paid many shock 
losses through the years we have been in 

Visit Our Office During The Centennial 

Oil Our 100th Atmiversary 
Looking Back - 

Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield 
Theii- furrow oft the stubborn glebe has 

How jocund did they drive their team afield 
i'low bowed the woods beneath their sturdy 


Our Future Hope 

We sincerely hope that Newman will en- 
joy another 100 years of Prosperity and 

McCdii's yariety Stores 

Oakland Newman Nokomis 

Timber Road 

In an early day, Brushy Fork Creek was a very small 
stream and the woods extended on either side for only a 
half mile or so. On the south side of this creek, a road was 
made that ran from the vicinity of Newman to "Nip 'n 
Tuck". This road through the woods, was called the Timber 
Road and it was as crooked as the creek. To the north 
or south you could take the North Prairie Road or the 
South Prairie Road to the same destination. In the sum- 
mer-time the Timber Road was shady and restful to trav- 
el. In the winter, the large trees and under-brush kept off 
the cold northern winds. 

Along this creek settled the first pioneers of this com- 
munity. Here they found many of the natural resources 
to make and maintain a home; timber for log houses, 
barns, rail fences, and firewood; a creek for water; a var- 
iety of grasses for the stock. Deer were plentiful, as 
were prairie chickens and partridges. The prairies gave 
promise of fertile farm land. 

In the year of 1829, Young E. Winkler came to Illinois 
and settled in this area, two miles southwest of where 
Newman is now located. As late as 1839, there were just 
seven families in what is now Newman township; namely, 
Anson Gaston, Robert Hopkins, Enoch J. Howell, Joseph 
Skinner and three Winkler families. Soon afterward came 
Robert Albin and three more brothers of Robert Hopkins. 
In the Nip 'n Tuck neighborhood, among the earliest set- 
tlers were Hancocks, Reddens, Ashmores and I. W. Bur- 

The early settlers were very religious. Second only to 
their religion was their desire to provide schools for their 
children. The first church services were held in their 
homes and later, when schools were built, in the school 
houses. The Newman Methodist, Wesley Chapel and 
Pleasant Grove churches were the outgrowth of these 

A log schoolhouse was built in the early 1830's, about 
one-half mile northeast of the present Wesley Chapel 
church and served the community well until 1851. At this 
time "Red Schoolhouse" (picture) was built, a short dis- 
tance southwest of the present Hopkins bridge. The sawed 
lumber for the school was hauled by team from Rockville, 
Ind. In 1883, this building was moved to the location of 
the Winkler school. It was replaced in 1898 by the pre- 
sent building. Attendance here was always free to anyone 
although no provision was made to collect taxes for school 

Centennial Greetings 


C. H. Richards 

purposes until 1856. At an early date, what was known as 
a "pay school" was established on the William Hopkins 

In its natural state, the pioneers found the ground very 
wet and swampy. It took a long time for the water to 
drain away. For drinking water, they just dug a small 
hole in the ground and, in a short time, had nice cool water 
to drink. 

Before the days of baked clay tile, they used either 
the clapboard or mole-ditcher method of providing drain- 
age. In the clapboard method, a trench was dug two or 
three feet deep and about eight inches wide. Then a clap- 
board 12 inches wide, split from an oak or walnut log, was 
placed in that trench where it rests at an angle, one 
edge against the bottom and the other against the side, 
since the trench is only eight inches wide and the board 
is 12. The triangular space left in the bottom becomes 
the drain and the trench is refilled with dirt. 

The mole-ditcher was altogether different. On the un- 
der-side of a huge timber was fastened a thin piece of 
iron about four inches wide, two feet long and sharpened 
at the front edge. On the lower end of this was an iron 
shoe with a very sharp pointed toe. The weight of the 
log kept the shoe in the ground and the hole it made, as 
it burrowed through the ground, like the mole from whom 
it gets its name, formed an underground drain that car- 
ried away the water. It took six teams of oxen to pull 
this type of ditcher and two men to drive the oxen. Squire 
Tom John.son and Taylor Corbin were two very expert 
drivers. This type of drain would last for years. Every 
once in a while, years afterward, water would come bub- 
bling up in some man's field and he thought for sure he 
had found a spring; but it was only a mole-ditcher's drain! 

On the farm of Gladys Jones Payne, stands a barn that 

In Memory Of 

Our Parents 

DeWitt McFarlan 


Hattie Mann McFarlan 



Alexander Ray McDonald, who passed 
away February 13, 1950. He came to New- 
man at the age of 21 and purchased the 
Frank K. Page grocery April 25, 1911, and 
operated it until 1932. He also conducted 
a general insurance agency from 1925 to 


/ ; 

Winkler School ... built in 1«.')1 

was built before the Civil War. It is in e.xcellent condi- 
tion. Huge white oak beams support the hay-mow and 
the sills are hewn on one side only, resting on rocks. 
The original fhwring is still in use, held in place by wood- 
en pins. In the center of this floor is a large post, ex- 
tending from floor to ceiling. This was the room in which 
the grain was trampled out. Unthreshcd grain was thrown 
upon the floor and a team of horses was walked around 
and around th!s pole, tramping out the grain. Every so 
often, the straw was lifted off with a pitch-fork and the 
grain scooped up and thrown into a fanning mill, cleaned, 
and stored in a nearby bin. This grain was all cut with 
scythe and cradle, and hand bound. 

The horse power threshing machine soon came into use. 
With this early type, the straw was taken away from 
the back of the machine with a horse and pole. Soon after 
this, the old circle straw stacker and steam engine were 
used and the bands of the bundles were cut by hand as 
they were thrown from the wagon or off the stack onto 
the cutting jilatforms. Then came the "windy stacker", 
which in most cases, blew the straw all over the farm. 
So, today, it is quite a relief for one man to drive a 
combine into a field of ripe grain; to cut and thresh it 
all in one operation when it used to take ?5 men and as 
many or more horses. But gone and regretted are the 
wonderful threshing dinners. 

Marketing both grain and livestock, in the pre-railroad 
days was a difficult task. Much of the grain was taken 
about 40 miles by wagon to mill and to market at either 

Centennial Greetings From 

Karl's Beauty Shoppe 

Perrysville or Eugene, Ind. Sawed lumber and other sup- 
plies were broUght back. Some grain was wagoned to 
Chicago where prices were better and a greater variety 
of articles could be bought. 

Daniel Atto, father of Ira Atto, used to tell many inter- 
esting stories of driving hogs to Terre Haute, Ind. There 
they were butchered, loaded on boats, and sent to south- 
ern markets. In 1850, Enoch Howell drove a bunch of 
cattle to the Chicago market. 

The Albin Cemetery, where many of the pioneers are 
buried, is located on Timber Road, the oldest known grave 
having a headstone dated 1835. Here also, stands a large 
monument, dedicated May 30, 1908, "to the memory of 
our soldier heroes". Forty soldiers' and sailors' graves 
are decorated every year; graves of those who served in 
the Blackhawk War, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish- 
American War, and World War One. Of these, one is 
the grave of a Confederate soldier and one the rock- 
laarked grav ■ of an unknown soldier. 

The first party of men to leave Newman and vicinity 
for the Civil War consisted of 28 single men. They be- 
came a part of Grant's old regiment, the 21st Illinois. 
Seven of these men were killed in action or died of wounds 
received. Samuel Albin, son of Robert Albin, was one 
of those killed. Three were discharged on account of 
wounds and one deserted to the Confederate side. John 
Welliver and C. A. Coykendall were on their way home 
on the Sultana in 18t)4 but she burned up just above Mem- 
phis and Welliver lost his life. Coykendall was severely 
burned. He reached Tuscola but died before getting home. 
Several of the others served until the end of the war. 

Douglas county furnished 1175 men for the Civil War 
and 27 of these came from Timber Road. 

Chrisman, 111. 

Phone 2181 

Watch, Clock 

Jewelry Repair 

M. L. McDermott 

Compliments Of 
Dr. Joseph F. Montagnino 



In the history of Newman four names dominate the 
building trades because of the excellence of their work 
and long years of service to the community; Sollers, Ver- 
million, Richards and Drake. Brickmasons, carpenters and 
painters. Erastus Sollers, mason, came to Newman before 
the railroad w-as built and helped build the first brick 
building erected in Newman. His son, Joseph, learned the 
trade under his father's direction, and his son, Jack, 
ean-ies on. Three generations serving for more than 
eighty-five years. A Mrs. Vermillion was one of the first settlers and her son, William, her grandson Fred, 
and great grandson William; three generations of carp- 
enters. John (Dick) Richards, a painter came to Newman 
soon after the Civil War and his son, Albert, and his 
grandson, Charles, constitute another long record of con- 
tinuous service. Although of only two generations, Thomas 
Drake and his sons, John and William, have been cai-pen- 
ters in Newman for more than seventy years. 

One of the interesting antiques in Newman's business 
world is the old safe owned by Dode Swigart. It was 
made in Cincinnati before the days of rail freight. To 
get here, it was shipped down the Ohio river, thence up 
the Wabash to Clinton, Ind.; hauled overland from there 
to Oakland, 111., and bought by S. C. Cash, who was in 
business there. When he moved to Newman and became 
one of our first storekeepers, he brought the safe here 
and used it until he went out of business. Then Dode's 
father, T. W. Swigart, bought it and it has been used in 
that place of business ever since. The owners never had 
to learn a combination because it operates with a huge 


Frank Thirion & Son 



Danville, Illinois 


Anderson and Son 


Broadlands, Illinois 

Ignatius Streibich, a native of Baden, Germany; who 
came to Newman after serving in the Union armies in the 
Civil War and opened a blacksmith shop, is perhaps the 
only man in Newman who ever kept his "charge accounts" 
on a slate. It wasn't a very large slate, perhaps 9 by 12 
inches, and he used both sides, and it hung on a nail 
alongside a calendai-. When the account was settled he did 
not mark it "Paid" — merely erased the name and the 

A family, moving West, stopped at the home of Lewis 
Josserand, south of Newman with a very sick baby. 

The baby died and the mother gave Mrs. Josserand a 
shrub, she was taking to her new home, as a token of 
her appreciation. 

A shrub from this is now in the garden of Mrs. Lester 
Ramp and probably many others. It is known as Washing- 
ton's Plume. 








Old Faithful Pest & Termite Control 


508 Wilson Ave. Phone 2414 

Congratulations On Your 
100 Years of Progi-ess 


Seed And 

;:ifr;:Serving East Central Illinois 
with Quality Seeds, Fertiliz- 
ers and Farm Supplies 

Wendell Turner, Owner 

Villa Grove, Illinois 

Neiuman, We (ongratulate You 

On Your 

lOOtb Anniversary 



Serving the Public for 38 Years 





Chronology - 1880-1896 


Jan. 28 — Rev. "Father" Coolley, the patriarch of the 
Ridge h;is just died, having lived to see his fourth 
peneration. He organized the C. P. church, called 
"Fairfield" in 1855, though they had no church 
building unfl 1869. He continued to serve as past- 
or until 1872. 


Oct. 27 — Miss Emma Six and Mr. Joe Alexander were 
married today at the home of the bride in Broad- 
lands. After a bountiful collation, the happy pair 
took the noon train for an extended tour. 

Oct. 1 — I. N. Covert rented his farm and moved to New- 
man, having purchased the Wm. Brown property. 

Nov. — The C. P. church was dedicated, the Rev. Johnson 
of Mattoon preached the dedicatory sermon. 


Feb. 4 — "Grandma" Coolley, relict of the late "Father", 
died today, aged 78 years. 

Apr. 3 — J. R. Page rented his farm and moved to town, 
having bought property in the west end of the city. 

Aug. 29 — Mrs. Joe Alexander died today of typhoid fev- 
er, leaving her home desolate. 

Sept. 30 — A cyclone struck the Ridge, unroofing James 
Neal's house and tearing up his orchard of 25-year- 
old trees by the roots and landing them in an ad- 
joining cornfield. Several cars were blown from 
the tracks here in town. Roofs were blown off and 
chimneys blown down. Much damage was done 
throughout the vicinity. 

OcL. 29 — Dr. Hickman's residence was destroyed by fire. 
Nearly everything else was saved. 

Dec. 25 — A grand double wedding tonight at the Christ- 
ian church, the contracting parties being W. J. G. 
Pound and Miss Fanny Russell, and James Hunt 
and Miss Josie Pound. Prof. Black of Indianapolis 


Jan. 20 — The high school building caught f!re just after 


Drs. E. H. and Lois G. Spooner 



the noon intermission, but the flames were exting- 
uished before much damage was done. 

Feb. 15 — Water higher here than ever before. Twenty- 
three families had to move out of their homes. The 
water and ice were over the railroad bridge east 
of town. The ice knocked down the telegraph poles 
and the wires are down. 

Mar. 14 ■ — Rev. J. W. Tull has had a wonderful revival 
in the M. E. church, resulting in 110 accessions to 
the church. 

Oct. 8 — J. T. Todd, telegraph operator here, and Laura 
Cash, were married and went to Washington, Balt- 
imore and Philadelphia on their bridal trip. \n 
attempt was made to rob the house of the bridal 
gifts while the company of guests were at the de- 
pot to see the happy couple off but the mother and 
brother of the bride scared the burglar away, not, 
however, until he had been recognized. 

Oct. 11 — Dr. Holton of Palermo and Ura Ames were mar- 
ried today. 

Oct. 9 — ■ Judge Moffit and Miss Lulu Hancock were mar- 
ried and took the evening train for an extended trip. 


Jan. 20 — The chandelier in the M. E. church fell this 
evening, just before the services as the sexton was 
lighting up. 

Jan. 27 — Moses Stickels was buried today. Prof. Black 
preached the discourse at the Christian church to 

Centennial Visitors 

Gibson s Cafe 

Helen and Roy Gibson 
Newman, Illinois 

a large audience of people, as "Uncle" Mose was 
one of the oldest residents in the county. 

Feb. 4 — Katie Cash and R. L. Robertson were married at 
the bride's home this evening. 

Feb. 8 — R. Thomas has bout;ht .-V. B. Powell's tile factory. 

Feb. 15 — I. W. Burjrott of Brushy Fork, after a lin^erint; 
illness of typhoid fever, died today. He was born 
in Ohio in 1829 and came to Bi-ushy Fork with his 
widowed mother in 1839. 

Mar. 'Jti — "Uncle" Peachy Cash was buried today at the 
Fairfield cemetery. 

Mar. 30 — Georiro Guthrie, a former resident of Palermo, 
was shot and killed in his place of business in New 

June 30 — James CooUey's little four-year-old son, of the 
Ridge, was recently bitten by a mad dog and was 
taken to Terre Haute to have a mad stone applied 
to the wound. 

.Aug. 15 — David Todd, while visiting friends at Cherry 
Point, met with a runaway accident, receiving ser- 
ious injuries, including a broken hip, when thrown 
from a buggy. 

Sept. 27 — Sam Lyons of Hume was run over by the ears 
at Decatur and instantly killed. 

Dec. 25 — We have had the deepest snow in this vicinity 
in 20 years. The roads and lanes have been filled 
with drifts. 


May 1 — Sainantha .\nderson and Luther Hughey were the 
graduates at the first Newman high school com- 
mencement exercises. 

July 9 — Ed Cole's block was burned down, also the Bates 

House, post office and several other buildings were 

Sept. 1 — Mr. Rhodes, a lawyer of many years, aftfr be- 
ing paralyzed for some time, has recently died. 

Sept. — .Mis. Win. Young's house on the Ridge was burned 
recently. She had spent the past four years at 
Lincoln, where her daughter attended college. She 
has just graduated and they have returned here and 
will rebuild. 

Oct. — Rev. Tull, one of the most popular ministers ever 
sent to the Newman .M. R. Church, has been trans- 
ferred to Tolono. Rev. Morrison succeeds him here 
as pastor. 

Nov. 28 — Thanksgiving night the C. P. church gave a 
Fan Drill and literary entertainment at the opera 
hall, concluding with a basket social. Receipts $50. 

Dec. — The Chautauqua literary circle met at W. F. Mur- 
phey's. Following the program the hostess surprised 
the circle by treating them to an oyster supper. 


Jan. 24 — Rev. McKnight's protracted meetings have re- 
sulted in 17 additions at one charge and 25 at the 
other, making a totr.l of 42. 

Feb. 22 — Alex Mack, formerly of Palermo and lately of 
Tuscola, has removed to Florida, where his daugh- 
ters are carrying on ladies' seminary. 

Feb. 23 — Rev. Morrison has been holding a series of 
meetiniT.'- at the M. E. Church, closing with 50 ac- 

Mar. 10 — The town was raided by burglars who broke 
the windows in Gillogly's, Bennett's and Goldman's 
stores, and the post office, cleaning out the show 




Good Year 
After Year 

Field Seeds Agriculture Chenncals Fertili::er 

Smith Seed Co. 

Tolono Newman Illinois 

cases, etc. They took the midnight train, stopped at 

Metcalf and blew open the door and the safe in 

Cash's store but were scared away before getting 

April — S. T. Gunn has sold his store to J. H. Scotten and 

has gone into the poultry business. 
April — The burglars who recently raided this town have 

been caught in Indianapolis. Gillogly and Goldman 

recovered part of their goods. 
June 17 — Mrs. Dan Cole fell from a cherry tree today 

and broke her shoulder. 
June 19 — John Hughes of South Prairie was buried today 

with Masonic services. 
Oct. 10 — A kiln at the tile factory just west of town 

burst, burying under the hot bricks and tile Mr. 

John Fields, who was so badly burned he died in 

about a week. 
Oct. 23 — Oakland is in ashes. The whole business part 

is burned besides many dwellings. Loss estimated 

at $300,000. 
Nov. — Mr. Culberson had 150 tons of hay burned election 

night, which caught fire from a burning slough. 


Jan. 13 — 'Grandmi' Howard had a reunion with her child- 
ren, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- 
great-grandchild on her 80th birthday. Five genera- 
tions were present. 

Feb. 3 — A grand wolf hunt came off today. Reporters 
from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and the Chicago 
Times took part in the chase. 

Mar. 19 — Dan Mclntyre has bought out Cole's old jewelry 
stand from Mr. Townsend. 

Sept. 10 — C. V. Walls has sold the Newman Independent 
to Smith Brothers, Mose and Albert. 


Jan. 9 — James Gillogly has sold his interest in the Gillogly 
and Root Store to L. E. Root. The firm will be 
known as Root Bros. 

Mar. 6 — Dan Mclntyre has sold his jewelry store for a 
large farm near Brocton. 

June 15 — I. N. Covert has resigned his position as pre- 
sident of the Newman Bank and Hon. S. M. Long 
has taken his place. 

Aug. 8 — Our citizens have erected an elegant pagoda in 
the park, which is an ornament to the town. 


Jan. 18 — John Mclntyre was buried today. His parents 

celebrated their Golden Wedding recently with all 
their 12 children present. John's death is the first 
break in the family. 

Mar. 5 — Bert Coolley has just graduated from a medical 
college in Chicago and is now licensed to "kill or 

Aug. 20 — 'Grandma' Howard died recently. She was 8G 
and lived to see her fifth generation. 

Sept. 26 — Millie Taylor and George Dawson were mar- 
ried and took the noon train to Bromfield, Neb. 

Sept. 28 — George White and wife, while returning from 
a soldiers' reunion at Atlanta, stopped at Lookout 
mountain. While making the descent on the famous 
incline railv/ay, the electricity gave out and caused 
a grand smash-up. Two were killed outright and 
many injured, among whom were George and his 
wife. Though severely injured, they are thankful 
that they escaped with their lives. 

Sept. 30 — Charles Weed, a former liveryman here, was 
in a bad train wreck on the New York Central. He 
barely escaped with his life but the man in the berth 
under him was killed. 

Dec. 23 — The Christian church members have repaired, 
enlarged and remodeled their church and put in a 
large stained glass window behind the pulpit. The 
church is now the handsomest in the city. 


Jan. 30 — A new cemetery has been laid out just west of 

Feb. 22 — Walter Bivins has sold his stock of hardware 

to W. J. G. Pounds. 
Mar. 22 — Sherman Cook's little babe, buried in the new 

cemetery, was the first interment there. 
July 3 — The "Queen of Fame" was given at the opera 

house by home talent. It was fine. The receipts 

were about $90. 
Sept. 24 — James Gillogly has bought the George Fuller 

building and will open a new dry goods store there. 


May 24 — The new George White Addition to Newman 

called "Oklahoma" has been nearly filled with ne.v 

building already. 
May 24 — Walter Bivciis has torn down the old livery 

stable east of the Methodist church and moved a 

house to the lot. 
May 2 — Dr. O'Garr has been hired to leave Newman anj 

has gone to Hume. 
June 29 — George White has sold 90 buggies this Spring 

Best Wishes To The 
Good People of Newman 

Murphy's Men's Clothiers 


"For Young Men and Men 
Who Stay Young" 

Alton Credit Service 
Bookkeeping and Income Tax 

642A E. Broadway Phone 20041 




«ince trade opened. 
June 5 — C. E. Flowers sold 10 organs and two pianos 

Uurinfr May. 
July 16 — A good vein of water was struck at tlu' Star 

Mill at 187 feet. 
July Iti — Sam Hopkins has purchased the Dr. Rose land 

udjuining Newman at $65 per acre. 
July 25 — AI)out 50 of our citizens have gone blackberrying, 

taking tents and gasoline stoves with them. 
July 2t) — J. S. Dawson has liought the 1(!0 acre Gobert 

farm south of Newman at 140 per acre. 
Oct. 3 — Newman's second Fair was held during the last 

three days. There was a balloon ascension with a 

man going up and coming down in a parachute. 


Jan. 5 — An Indian Sagwa troupe here at the opera house 
this week, selling medicines and pulling teeth. 

Jan. 1(). — Hull and Hinds sold their broonicorn to a Chi- 
cago firm for $25,000. This is the biggest sale of 
broom corn ever made in Douglas county. 

Jan. 17 — Snow fell for 18 hours and is now a foot deep. 
Sleighing is superb and cutters are flying every- 

Mar. 9 — Streibich & Hull have formed a new electric 
light company and bought a new dynamo and a 
largei' engine. 

May 12 — This has been the rainiest Spring on record. 
During April, 12 inches of rain fell. 

June 3 — Mrs. O. B. Ficklin has been here and established 
a library of 114 volumes. 

July 18 — One of the largest basket meetings ever held in 
this vicinity was at the Pleasant Ridge grove. Fully 
2000 people were there and the day was glorious. 
Rev. Scrimger, Rev. Want and Rev. Parker Shields 

July 25 — The Chicago Company played here one week. A 
Newman girl held the lucky number and drew the 
silver water pitcher. 

.^ug. 5 — George White, up to date, has sold 49 self bind- 
ers this season. 

Aug. 18 — The old elevator, commonly called Scanlinir's 
elevator, on North Broadway, took fire in the top 
and within 15 minutes the whole building was in 

Mar. 2 — A new side track is being put in at McCowii and 
there will be a new station there. 

Nov. 5 — Tower and Caldwell have contracted for two 
carloads of marble from Rutland, Vt. It will be 
made into monuments at their shop near the rail- 
road on North Broadway. 


Jan. 12 — The Odd Fellows are now occupying their new 
temple on railroad street, the finest in this part of 
the state. It was dedicated today with 250 visiting 
members in attendance. 

Jan. 17 — The Thermometer wa.s at 27 degrees below zero 
this morning. It had been at 22 to 24 below for 
several days. 

Feb. 4 — George Rassenfoss has sold his bakery to A. 

Feb. 4 — Worst sleet storm ever known here. Terrible 
rain. Wires down everywhere. Terrible suffering 
among stock. Such a storm not known in 35 years. 

Aug. 26 — Grasshoppers are eating up everything this 
year. What they and the dry weather did not de- 

stroy a terrible wind and heavy rainstorm did. 
Oct. 20 — Ed Nichols shipped a train load of 11 cars of 
cattle which were sent to Boston and by boat from 
there to Liverpool. 


Jan. 9 — J. R. Page has gone into the coal business and 
has put scales in front of his store on North Broad- 

Mar. 21 — Ab Ashmore's smoke house burned, including 
the hams, shoulders and sides of five hogs. 

Aug. 10 — About 200 Newman residents went to Oakland 
to attend the barbecue anil Old Settler's Reunion 
held there. 

Aug. 18 — Ralph Hannum, an 11-year-old boy, died of 
injuries received when he fell through the top of 
a circus tent on the lots west of the Roller elevator. 
He had gone up there to fix the canvas around one 
ot the poles. 

Dec. 31 — A new canning factory is being erected on the 
north side of the lailroad at the east end of Van 
Deren street. It will can tomatoes. It is expected 
to be ready for the 1895 season. 


Jan. IC) — Ed Nichols has purchased six lots from Mrs. 

Belle Mclntyre and will build a fine modern home. 
Mar. 17 — Ab .Ashmore has bought the Gunn property on 

East Green Street. 
Mar. 31 — Carl Burgett has bought the Walls property 

on the south side of the public square and will make 

it into a broom factory. 
Mar. 31 — .'\. C. Bennett and J. R. Page are building new 

brick store rooms on the west side of Broadway just 

north of the Masonic lodge building. 
June 10 — James Barr has received a new $1,000 hearse. 
June 29 — The broom factory shipped 800 dozen brooms 

last week. 
May 30 — Bert Goldman rode his bicycle from Oakland 

to Newman, 13 miles, in 38 minutes. 
.Aug. 2 — The Newman Independent issued 5000 copies of 

their souvenir edition celebrating the paper's 21st 

Oct. 2 — M. S. Smith, Clark Randall, J. C. Gillogly and 

J. E. Jeffers, "The Big Four," rendered some fine 

quartettes at the State Fair last week. 
Dec. 20 — J. T. Hinds has sold his hardware store to 

William Swickard. 

Compliments Of 

Cecil K. Crispin 

General Contractor 


isman. 111. Phone 4611 




Wesley Chapel 

The Wesley Chapel Chinch pictured here was built in 
the Summer and Fall of 1891 and dedicated Dec. 10, 1892. 

The dedication service was conducted by the Rev. M. H. 
Ewers of Potomac. The first pastor was the Rev. Parker 
Shields. The society was organized May 26, 1891, by 
Joseph Long. The first Sunday School superintendent was 
J. C. Ogdon and first secretary was Alice Ashmore. 

The first trustees were Samuel Hawkins, Thomas White, 
Luther Winkler and J. W. Sowers. The first stewards 
were Samuel Hawkins. Charles Ford and Lydia Turbey- 

The first line-up of teachers in the Sunday School in- 
cluded: Class 1, James Ogdon; Class 2, Sanford Albin; 
Class 3, Wesley Sowers; Class 4, Lydia Turbeyville; Class 
5, Alfred Albin; Class 6, Lizzie Hawkins. 

The cost of the church building was $1800. A lot of 

volunteer labor was used. At the dedication, $3.50 was 
subscribed to pay the balance on the cost of the church 

Some of the ministers who have acted as pastors of this 
church are: L. F. Walden, C. F. Tobey, C. M. Oakwood, 
W. T. Heater, Jonathan Click, E. A. Hamilton, C. W.. 
Caseley, J. S. Smith. 

Among the many speakers who have addressed the con- 
gergations at Wesley Chapel have been Rev. Northcott, 
Champaign; Rev. Batchelor, Mattoon, and Rev. Clarence 
Hall, now representative in the Illinois General Assembly. 

The present Sunday School superintendent is Rex Dague. 

This society has functioned as a Sunday School prac- 
tically all of the time since 1892. The present attendance 
averages 50 each Sunday. 

Pleasant Ridge CkurcK 

Erected in 1870 and located seven miles northeast of 
Newman, this church is one of the historical landmarks 
of the commuiiity and has been in use 87 years. The 
church and grounds are well-preserved for the benefit of 
our future generations. 


Sunday School — 10 a. m. 

Church At Worship — 11a. m. 


Jiin. lil — The jrreat war drama "The Volunteers", given 
by honu> talent three nitrhts to full houses for the 
benefit of the band. 

Apr. 13 — Mrs. Joanna Sutton, after teaching 22 years in 
the Newman schools, has resiirned and will retire. 
It being her 39th birthday her pupils held a party 
in her honor. 

May 28 — James Barr has secured Ira Mulliken as a part- 
ner in his business. Mr. .Mulliken is a practical un- 

Sept. 24 — Myers & McCown are building an elevator at 
McCown station. 

Nov. 11 — William Lough completed the pavement of one 
block of King street and one block of Yates street 
and now Newman has two blocks of fine paved 

Nov. 13 — Newman played Vermillion Grove football team 
at Chrisman, score 6-0 in favor of Newman. 

A large ice house once stood on what is now a part of 
U. S. :U;, about 40 yards southeast of the Shell Service 
Station. It had a wooden chute from near the water 
level to an opening several feet above the floor of the 
ice house up which the cakes would be pulled after being 
sawed. It was only during a prolonged severe sub-zero 
weather that the ice would become thick enough to "har- 
vest." It was never a very successful venture — too many 
crop failures. 


AUG. 23-24-25, 1957 

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Oakland, Illinois 

Murdock Farmer^s Grain Co. 

Murdock, Illinois 
Phone: Newman 170F4 Phone: Villa Grove 7111 

First In Quality Fairest In Prices Fastest Service 

George D. Martin, Manager 


Written By D. O. Root About 1900 

The building that stands just south of the Newman 
cemetery, and within the limits of the corporate lines 
of this city, now the property of Samuel Hopkins, was 
erected in 1857 — the year before Newman was laid 
out — by the late Isaac Howard, who, at the time owned 
all, or the part, of the land on which the city now stands. 

At this time, the best and in fact, about the only 
market the people of Brushy Fork, as all this section 
of country was then called, had anything like near and 
somewhat easy access to for their stock and grain were 
the Wabash river towns of Montezuma, Eugene, and 
Perrysville, some forty miles away. Mr. Howard, having 
some wheat to market and preferring poplar lumber 
for the finishing of his new residence, which was when 
completed the finest on "Brushy", decided to "wagon" his 
wheat to Perrysville and dispose of it, and bring back 
from the mills east of the Wabash on the return trip the 
kind of lumber he desired. So one Monday morning, after 
harvesting and threshing were over, Mr. Howard got 
together, of his own and of his neighbors, seven teams 
with wagons, which were loaded with wheat from his 
barn known in all this country as Howard's big bam. It 
stood in what is now White's addition to the city of 
Newman, in the southern part of the city, and was only 
a few years ago torn down and removed. By the middle 
of the forenoon the wagons were all loaded, and pulled 
out for Perrysville. Mr. H. and his sons "Davy" and "Buck" 
had each charge of a team. Pat Linn, a wild Irishman, was 
in command of one, Joseph Howard, our fellow townsman, 
held the lines of another, the writer hereof was super- 
cargo of the 7th, and the manipulator of the 8th cannot 
now be called to mind. The train — Mr. H., in the lead — 
struck out for Hickory Grove, now known as Palermo, 
and there being no farms or fences in the way, there 
were no angles, acute or obtuse, in the road or trace, 
theiefore the road was direct to the Grove. From thence 
the train struck for the Little Vermillion river, near Ind- 
ianola, then locally known as Dallas, and went into camp 
for the night, and enjoyed a frugal supper, brought from 
home, and a quiet sleep upon the ground, under the 
spreading branches of the forest trees. 

The next day, Tuesday, we made Perrysville, disposed of 
our grain; and as one purpose was to visit the saw mills, 
in the vicinity of Annapolis, in Parke Co., Ind., we turned 
down the river and went into camp near old Eugene. The 
next day, Wednesday, we passed thro' Newport and on 
to Davis' Ferry, where we crossed over the Wabash in an 

Slianks Packing Co. 

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old style ferry boat, and made for the hills and mills on 
Sugar creek, in the vicinty of Annapolis, in good shape that 
evening. Thursday and Friday were spent in visiting sev- 
eral mills and selecting the kinds of lumber wanted; and 
by Friday evening were ready for the return trip, having 
succeeded in getting our wagons all loaded with a choice 
lot of poplar lumber that entered into the construction of 
the building mentioned at the beginning of this article. 

Saturday morning the return trip was begun, and re- 
crossing the Wabash at the same place crossed in going, 
we made Ridge Farm, then a mere hamlet, of less than 
a half dozen houses, and stopped at a farm house at the 
out edge of the little straggling rudiments, if you will 
allow the expression here, of the present thriving village 
of that name, that evening. The next day being the holy 
Sabbath, and not wishing to desecrate the day as it is 
done in these days we remained over and finished our 


Louise Beauty Shop 





Compliments Of 

Webster Grocer Company 


Your To'w^n Barbershop 

Of Newman 

Gilbie Harshbarger 

trip on Monday the eighth day in the evening. This is not 
aa cxat;K<^i'uted stiitement nor an extreme case of the 
manner of marketing irrain and procuring building mater- 
ial for buildings other than those constructed of logs from 
the native forest and covered by the home made clap- 
boards in the pioneer days of forty and fifty years ago. 
In fact trips of a similar nature had been made just prev- 
ious to this to Chicago with grain and produce and ex- 
changed for articles as were needed by the pioneers and 
yet some say the former days were the better ones. 

NEWMAN CENTENNIAL — AUG. 23-24-25, 1957 

Little s Cafe 

Beer — Steaks 

Chicken — Shrimp 





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Champaign's Largest 

Department Store 

82 Years Young 

125 W. Church Phone 4191 

Compliments Of 




H. M. 

first State Bank of Newman 

Newman, Douglas County, Illinois 



The First State Bank of Newman was issued a permit 
to organize in May 1912 and opened for business Sept. 12, 

The first officers of the Bank were Thomas Shaw, pre- 
side.'.t, W. R. Hidy, cashier. Mr. Hidy remained with the 
bank a short time, and was replaced by George Frame as 
cashier in 1913. He continued as cashier until January 
1921 when he was elected president. At that time, Edgar 
Morrow was elected cashier. No change was made in the 
officers in the bank until the death of Mr. Frame, which 
occurred in 1940. At that time, Mrs. Elizabeth Frame was 
elected president, which office she held until her death 
in 1944. 

At the next annual meeting of the directors of the bank, 
Mrs. Susie H. Morrow was elected president. Following 
Kent Morrow's return from sei-vice in the Navy, the of- 
ficers were as follows: Edgar Morrow, president, Susie 
H. Morrow, vice president, Kent Morrow, cashier. 

Through the years, the bank has maintained a consistent 
loan policy geared to the needs of the community. It has 

had a steady growth in assets. The bank is a member of 
the Federal Reserve Svstem, the Federal Deposit Insur- 
ance Corporation, The American Bankers Association and 
the Illinois Bankers Association. 

The bank at the present time has, in addition to the 
above mentioned officers, Albert M. Johnson, assistant 
cashier. Mr. Johnson came to the bank in 1937 upon the 
resignation of Arthur E. Parr, who had been with the 
bank five years. Max Harbaugh is teller, Bonnie Eastin 
Trimble and Janet Compton Branch are bookkeepers. 

The present directors of the bank are Edgar Morrow, 
Kent Morrow, Susie H. Morrow, A. M. Johnson and Louise 
H. Smith. 

Other employees of the bank over the years have been 
Louise Hildreth Smith, Morris Swan, Paul Wiese, Con- 
stance Purdue McCown, Francis Wriglit McMullen, Jean 
Biddle Wiese, Betty Hinds Chandler, Louise Powers Edens, 
Ann Mclntyre Trimble, Donna Lawrence Biddle, Ann 
Buntain Davis. 

Our facilities for good banking are at your service. 

Newman Cleaners 

We Own and Operate 
Our Own Plant 

Pick ai></ Delivery Service 

Phone 141 Newman, 111. 


The first brick store room in Newman was built by 
L. J. and S. C. Cash in 1873. It is now occupied by Lloyd's 
of Newman, a furnituie and home furnishings store. Mr. 
S. C. Cash also built the first brick dwelling house in 

The next brick room was built by L W. Burgett in 1875. 
It was first occupied by the Gillogly store and later by 
Root Bros. Mack Hollowell's Grocery has been there for 
the last 35 years. 

The Masonic building was built in 1875. The three ad- 
joining rooms were built at that time. 

The building now occupied by Barr & Son was built 
shortly after 1890 by Eilsberry Brewer and was first used 
by him for a meat market. The room now occupied by 
Toppe Plumbing was built at the same time by T. W. Swi- 
gart for his harness business. 

The bakery building, now Culton's market, was erected 
in 1881. So was the building next door. 

George White built a store room for his implement 
business on Railroad street in 1890. The I.O.O.F. build- 
ing adjoining was built in 1892. 

Th, buildings now u.sed by the Shcphard Motor Co. at 
"Coon's Corner" were built about 1905. 

The City Hotel was built in 188G by A. W. Gwinn. 


There are five veterans of the War with Mexico buried 
in Newman township cemeteries — John Howell, William 
King, S. R. Metcalf, James Jackson and W. A. Smith. 
There are also two veterans of the Blackhawk War. E. J. 
Howell and John Skinner. 

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With The Best Wishes Of The 
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Brocton, Illinois 






111 1921, a group of business men of the City of New- 
man conceived the idea that a community park would 
make a fitting memorial to the service men who had 
given their lives for their country in World War I. Ac- 
cordii\gly, a canvass for funds was made in the Fall and 
Winter of 1921 and a sufficient amount of money was 
pledged to justify the purchase of 30 acres of land ad- 
joining the City of Newman on the Southeast. A board 
of trustees consisting of five members was selected at a 
public meeting held in the Presbyterian church, and the 
new board was emplowered to complete the purchase of 
tl.f land and to provide rules for the operation of the park. 

In January 1922, the park was incorporated under the 
laws of the State of Illinois as the Newman Memorial 
Park Association. The purchase was completed on Feb. 
27, 1922, and the park thus became an actuality. Howev- 
er, the funds raised were not sufficient to defray the entire 
purchase price and a first mortgage was outstanding on 
the 'M acre tract, so the trustees decided to sell that part 
of the land lying east of Brushy Fork creek, pay off the 
mortgage, and use the surplus funds for improvements. 

This was done and a small shelter house was erected 
and entrance gates were built, and a drive was constructed 
through the center of the park. So the community had a 
park site of about 13 acres, partially improved, well locat- 
ed, with some scenic value, but with no operating fund 
and no income. Thus it became necessary for the trustees 
to rent the park as pasture land to obtain money enough 
to keep the fences repaired. 

This condition existed until 1946 when the Board of 

First Church oi God 

Several years ago. the Lord gave Sister Daisy Kirch- 
ner a vision of a work He wanted started in Newman so 
she began distributing religious tracts and copies of the 
Gospel Trumpet and visitinir and praying with the sick. 
Then she and Sister Bertha Rowcii, who had b^en friends 
through many years, took God at His word and launched 
out to win souls for Christ. 

Brother and Sister Kirchner opened up their home for 
services and the first one was held on Mar. 27, 1949, 
with the Reverend Merle Culbertson preaching. In a 
short time, he moved to Mississippi to a pastorate 
there and the Reverend Miss Mildred Edens assumed the 
responsibility as minister of the group here in Ntwman, 
preaching her first sermon Apr. 24 of the same year. 

At first, she came only once a month and later, as the 
interest increased, the services were held weekly. When 
Miss Edens would be away in evangelistic m-ct ngs, she 
would engage one of the following ministers: Claude Ash- 
hy, Charleston, Miss Noima Lacey, Homer, E. L. Kern- 
odle, Tuscola, or H. W. Harris, Danville, to preach in her 

In June 1952, we had a cottage revival with the R.'v. 
W. C. White, Hammond, Ind., as evangelist. Several were 
save I, sanctified and baptized during that meeting. In 
August of the same year, we borrowed the Slate Tent 
fiom the Evangelistic Board and had a tent meeting in 
I he (ity paik. From the tent, we moved into a building 
north of the railroad owned by Mrs. Maude Roller. We 
were there one year when in August 1953, we bought the 
building across from the city park from Carroll Pinnell 
and Lis sister, Mrs. Bruce Ballard. We were so happy to 
be in our own buildii-.g and God began blessing in a 

Trustees resigned in favor of a new board composed en- 
tirely of members of the American Legion. While the 
new board was composed entirely of American Legion 
members, it was to be definitely understood that the park 
was not to be known as the American Legion Park, but 
was to retain its original name and was to be operated 
for the benefit and use of the entire community. 

In 1949, a firm of planning engineers was employed to 
prepare a long range plan for the development of the 
park into a desirable recreation area. The plan provided 
for the addition of proposed facilities as funds became 
available. The park board proceeded slowly to avoid mis- 
takes and to be sure that the added facilities were prop- 
el-ly spaced to withstand years of constant use by the pub- 
lic without the necessity of relocation. The facilities pro- 
posed to be installed were: A number of picnic areas with 
tables and fireplaces, a larger shelter house and cabin, a 
tots' playground with proper amusement devices, a coun- 
cil-ring for use on teen-age groups and their instructors, 
tennis courts, F.F.A and 1-H pavilion and arena, a light- 
ed baseball field, sufficient parking areas, and others that 
were then under consideration. The entire cost of the in- 
stallation and lighting of the baseball diamond was un- 
derwritten by the local post of the American Legion and 
construction was immediately begun and later completed. 

As the park board had no source of revenue, it became 
evident that if the plan was to be continued, the funds 
must be supplied by the public spirited citizens. A can- 
vass for funds was made and several hundred dollars was 
raised which was applied to the improvement of the park 
according to plan. However, the funds were soon exhaust- 
ed and the trustees decided that they should attempt to 
form a park district, which would insure a small definite 
amount of money each year. Therefore, a petition was 

gi eater measure. The Reverend J. G. Lay, Missouri, The 
Gospel Trio, Flemingsburg, Ky., and Brother and Sister 
Iiarrlnglon were among our evangelists. 

In Oclober 1955, we purchased the Daisy A. Wiese 
p;cperty which we now occupy on South Broadway. We 
a e very graleful to God that after much praying and 
sacrificing, this adequate building has been made pos- 
sible for us. Much inside work has been done in preparing 
a sanctuary and other improvements. The building is 
laipe with plenty of Sunday School rooms and a seven- 
icom upstairs apartment for the pastor. After seven 
years cf service with the church here, the pastor, now 
Mrs. Mildred Edens Pruitt, is grateful for the blessings 
ot God upon their services, and the sweet spirit of fel- 
lowship that exists between them and all God's people. 


east of Newman. 

In September of 1864, James and Jane Melntyre moved 
to this township from Ontario. Of their 12 children, three 
sons had preceded them here by a few months and had 
begun to build their house (the one where Don Melntyre 
now lives). Two more of intermediate age set off from 
their Canadian home driving a team to a wagon and lead- 
ing some extra horses. Jane came on an Illinois Central 
train with six younger children. Having borrowed a wagon 
(maybe it was a spring wagon) one of the sons already 
here met his mother and the children in Tuscola and 
brought them home. You will find this hard to believe, 
but it is true. They met the boys arriving in the wagon 
on the corner one-half mile south of the new home — 
and all drove in together. Grandfather Melntyre did not 
share in this reunion. He had missed the train in Chicago. 

NEWMAN CENTENNIAL — AUG. 23-24-25, 1957 

circulated and later filed with the county judge, requesting 
that he set a date for an election to determine whether or 
not a park district should be formed. The election date was 
set for Oct. 4, 1952, and the proposition was defeated 35(i- 

Since the park was partially re-developed it has been 
used by hundreds of small groups of picnic parties, and 
by scores of those for the purpose of family reunions. The 
rots' playground is in continuous use during suitable wea- 
ther. The shelter house is available for use of large groups 
and reunions, being equipped with lights and water. A 
show-ring has been completed for use of horse shows and 
rodeos. The park board recently purchased 500 hardwood 
trees and 500 evergreen seedlings for re-forestation of 
the area and this work will be completed when the trees 
are of sufficient size for re-planting. 

National Bank 

Building With Douglas County 
Since 1890 

Tuscola, Illinois 

Best Wishes 

For The Next 

100 Years 

Dr. and Mrs. Max Johnson 

James L. Dague 

404 Hopkins St. Newman, 111. 

Telephone 36X 
1928 1957 

The Clirisman Courier 

A Home Town Newspaper Since 1875 

"We Print Everything Except Money 
and Postage Stamps" 

Chrisman, 111. Phone 3751 

Reprosenting 1^ 

WluTUAL Of New York C 

Till Mutual llle Inturanci Companr «l New Y«k 

1843 1957 

Dock & Demp's 

Station and Care 

Route 36 & 49 Newman, Illinois 

Both Open 24 Hours 

Standard Oil Products 

Atlas Tires, Batteries & Accessories 

Try Our Special Sunday Dinners - $1 

We Serve Star Coffee For 5c 

Stop and Try Our Service 

Ernest Sutton, Proprietor 

Centennial Greetings From 

The E. W. Allen Family 


Standard Oil Products 

Compliments Of 

Davis Clothing Store 

Newman, Illinois 

Jean Lyle Jeffrey 

We feature Bill Barton Slacks the year 
'round, at popular prices. For any occasion 
. . . dress, sport, leisure or school wear — 
we have the slack for you. 

Jones History 

III memory of Ephiium Jones (1860-1937) and Mary 
Ellen Surrell (1867-1948), who were married Feb. 22, 
1885, at Tuscola, 111. They were the parents of Florence 
George of Chrisman, Lida Taylor of Newman, Blanche 
Chapin (deceased) of California, Madge Brown of Cal- 
ifornia, Edna Brannon of Hume and Gladys Payne of 

Mr. Jones, the son of John Jones and Mariah Hopkins, 
was born near Newman. He was engaged in farming and 
stock raising until a few years before his death. His 
great-grandfather, Henry Clark, fought in the Revolution- 
ary war. He owned Wheeling Island, on which he built a 
fort, called Ft. Henry. He became Washington's orderly 
sergeant and did all the writing for the division. He went 
through 14 battles, being severely wounded in the Battle 
of Brandywine in 1777. 

Another ancestor, Stephen Hopkins, was elected gov- 
ernor of Rhode Island nine times and was a signer of the 
Declaration of Independence. He was a man of literary 
and scientific interest, despite his lack of formal educa- 
tion. He was the first chancellor of Rhode Island College. 

Mr. Jones loved to tell of happenings of childhood days 
and those told to him by his parents. Some were very 
unusual, such as the "sudden freeze" on Dec. 20, 1836. 

Cattle, horses, hogs and wild animals exposed to its fury 
were chilled and many frozen in their tracks. One man 
was found afterwards standing frozen in the mud, dead 
and still holding the reins of his frozen horse in his hand. 
Also about the "meteroie shower" reported to have oc- 
curred over the entire United States. Many thought the 
world had come to an end. 

Mrs. Jones, daughter of William and Margaret Surrell, 
born in Terre Haute, Ind., was a direct descendant of 
James Dudley, who settled near what is now Ashmore, 
111., in 1826. To trace the genealogy of the Dudleys it 
would be necessary to go back to Dudley Castle, Straf- 
fordshire, England, and begin with Earl of Dudley, fol- 
lowing through a long line of nobles, dukes, earls, barons, 
etc. One of the most i)owerful was Robert Dudley, Earl 
of Leicester, who figured conspicuously during the reign 
of Elizabeth, Queen of England. The first to come to 
Amei ica was Thomas Dudley, governor of the province 
of Massachusetts Bay. Many of his descendants held 
prominent positions in the early history of the country. 

The Jones homestead is located one and one-half miles 
southwest of Newman and has been in the Hopkins and 
Jones family for over 100 years. It is now owned and 
occupied by the youngest daughter, Gladys. 

The Albin Family 



Robert Alliiii (1811-1890). the son of Samuol and Sarah 
Albin of Pickaway County, Ohio, and later of Newport, 
Indiana, came to the area of Illinois later to be known as 
the Newman community, about 1840. At this time, he pur- 
chased a tract oi land located three miles southwest of the 
present site of Newman near Brushy Fork creek and es- 
tablished a home. In the following decade, he increased 
iiis holdings by obtaining the grants to adjoining land 
'rom the U. S. Government. 

Mr. .Albin was a progressive citizen of this community. 
He purchased two lots in Newman in 1857 when the town 
was founded. In the same year, he purchased stock in 
the Illinois and Indiana Railroad Co., which was organized 

10 build a railroad through Central IlKnois. He was a 
charter member of the Nev/man Masonic Lodge, No. 3G9, 

His first marriage was to Lillie Coleman, to which three 
children were born. In 1830, following the death of his 
lirst wife, Lillie, he was married to Nancy Lawrence (1831- 
1896), from which union Sanford N., William Lowe, Rose 
: lid Alfred C. were born. 

Rose was married to Gt'orge Gillogly. To this union, one 
daughter was Lorn, Edith Nowatski, now living in River- 
ion, Illinois. Lowe v/as married to Fannie Sarrell and 
."pent his life in Colorado and California. 



Sanford N. Albin, the oldest son of Robert and Nancy, 
was born July 9, 1831. He attended the Hopkins school 
and later taught two years. Mar. 12, 1889, he married 
Ella Turbeyville, the daugh'.er of William and Lydla Tur- 
beyville, who lived two miles southwest of Newman. 

Sanford and Ella made their home a mile south of his 
birthplace. After a few years, they moved the house one- 
fourth mile northeast to its present location in order to 
live on a public road. 

He continued to farm until 1918, at which time he re- 
tired and moved to Newman, where he lived until his death 
m 1949. His wife preceded him in death in 1924. Mr. Albin 
was a member of the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church, 
which he attended regularly. He acquired a large amount 
of real estate, which consisted of farm land near Newman, 
business houses and homes in Newman. Five children were 
bom to this union, Zuba Clark, Maude Boyer, Lela Allen, 
Emerson R., and Leonard B. 



Alfred C. .Mbin, the youngest son of the Robert Albins, 
was born May 11, 18o9. He spent his early life on a farm. 
He married Dove Josserand, a neighbor, Sept. 1, 1891. He 
went to housekeeping on a farm less than a mile from his 
1 irtlipii'.ce. He farmed until 1902, when they moved to 
Newman. He was interested in real estate and oil and 
persisted in his determination to find black gold until he 
discovered valuable oil land in Eastern Kentucky. 

After selling his oil interest, he invested in farm land 
t round Newman. In 1933, he purchased the Newman 
cheese factory, which he operated until his death in 1930. 
He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Meth- 
odist church. Mrs. Albin was a past Worthy Matron of the 
Eastern Star Lodge and also a member of the Methodist 
church. She died Aug. 10, 1946. 

To this union, four daughters were born, Faye Ives, Rhea 
Hilliard, Verdi Wattani and Cordelia Albin. 

Barr & Son 

Over Tnree Quarters of a Century 

The name of Barr has been connected with the business 
life of Nev/man for 78 consecutive years. James Barr 
rame to Newman from Kansas, 111., in 1879 v/ith his 
bi other, W. W. Barr. In 1880, he bought his brother's 
interest and became the sole owner. Two years later he 
entered into partnership with Ed Dowden and the firm be- 
came Barr & Dowden. After the retirement of Mr. Dow- 
den, Mr. W. T. Summers became a partner in 1890 and 
the firm was known as Barr & Summers until 1893. In 
1896, Mr. I. M. Mulliken bought a half interest and the 
"lirm then became Barr & Mulliken. They operated two 
stores in Newman at that time, one dealing in hardware, 
stoves and tinware and the other furniture and under- 


In 1905, the business was separated, Mr. Mulliken tak- 
ing over the furniture and undertaking business and Mr. 
Barr, with his son, Clayton C. Barr, took over the hard- 
ware and added the undertaking business. This was the 
beginning of the firm of Barr & Son and continues until 
today, over half a century later. It is now owned by Mrs. 
Grace N. Barr and operated by her son, George N. Barr, 
William B. McGaughey and Zane Arbuckle. 

The following advertisement appeared in the year book 
of the Newman public schools published in 1883, 74 years 



Barr & Dowden 

Have the largest stock of 


In Newman 

The "F.-WORITE" and "Atlas" cook stoves, which they 
c;irry in stock, are the best in the market, the "GAR- 
LAND" base burner cannot be excelled, and the "ROUND 
OAK" soft coal burner, for which they have the exclus- 
ive agency in Douglas county, receives the highest praise 
from all who are so fortunate as to possess one of them. 

Please call and examine our goods and prices, and you 
will surely seek no further. 

A.\I(»N(. IMK BKST— Olltn reltirrd to as tht- 
"bt'st", this Newman foulball learn operated with 
amazing success durin;; ti.e season of 1913. Front 
row— Arthur I'arr, Kverctt Akers, H. B. Smith. Sec- 
ond row — Kex Tyler, Kenneth Pound. Don Smith. 

Kranit Ondtn, Trumar. Dennis, .Magnus Kvde. Third 
row — !•:. (). May, Walter McCown, Ross Winkler, 
Henlvle (J ejiK. Ray Tre-enriter, Forrest Mc('o«n. 
Edwin Meyers, Don Mclntyre, Coach Harrison Mc- 
( ow n 

Nev.Mnan Chapter No. 172, Royal Arcli Masons, was 
originally chartered in Camargo, Illinois, but on October 
6, 1876, the charter was moved to Newman. The Royal 
Arch Chapter, representing some of the higher degrees 
in Masoniy, has been active and has drawn its member- 
ship from Newman Lodge and nsarby Masonic lodges. 

The present officers — Lloyd Buyer, Hijrh Priest; Dan 
Mclntyre, King; Angus Ho])kins, Scribe; William C. 
Booton, Secreiary; Edgar Morrow, Treasurer. 

Past High Priests: 

Edgar Morrow 
C. E. Douglass 
W. C. Booton 
E. O. Swickard 
Manford Roller 
H. B. Smith 
Arthur E. Parr 
C. C. McLain 
Dr. H. L Conn 
Dan M. Mclntyre 

Freeman W. Overton 
Angus S. Hopkins 
Lloyd V. Boyer 
H. V. Tharp 
George D. Martin 
Raymond A. Martin 
James C. Mclntyre 
Ernest W. Pollock 
Duane C. Cornwell 


Indian Refining Co. estahliLjhed a bulk fjasolinc distribut- 
ing agency in Newman with John Sutton a.s the local rep- 
resentative. Gasoline was shipped to Newman in tank 
cars and siphoned and hand-pumped into a large tank a- 
long the railroad switch, just west of Coffin street. At 
that time, there were very few filling stations or ga- 
rages and no trucks or tractors. Most of the few auto- 
mobile owners had their own iron barrels or sheet-iron 
cans at home which they filled with gasoline at 8 cents 
per gallon in 100-gallon lots. John's territory took him 
to Tuscola, Camargo, Brocton, Allerton and Broadlands. 

Our Very Best 

To Newman And 

Its Fine Citizens 


Producers Dairy 


Congratulations - 

... to the residents of the Newman commun- 
ity on the observance of 100 years of pro- 

The only thing permanent about this old 
world is the fact that nothing really is perm- 
anent. Changes occur every day ... so grad- 
ually, perhaps, that only by recalling past 
eras can we know how much our habits and 
customs have changed. 
Only the community and the individuals who 
adjust to those changes can progress. 
We are proud to be associated with such a 
community . . . and to offer our congratula- 
tijns to its people. 

Don Martin and Family 

Bus Operator - Newman Community Unit School District 


Douglas County Officials 1957 

Rodney A. Scott 


James N. Sherrick 


Harrison J. McCown 


Troy 0. Timm 


Burley S. Burgett 


Doris Romine 


W. A. Bozarth 


James R. Rice 


Dr. James H. Taylor 


Old County Courthouse 

Everett R. McCumber 





Three Rutherford Brothers In Early Newman 

Hiram Rutherford, M. D.. v/as bom in Pennsylvania in 
1815 and died in Oaklp.nd, 111., in 1900. He was descended 
from Thomas Rutnerfoid and Jean Murdah, both bom 
in Ireland, and married in Pennsylvania in 1730. He ar- 
rived at Oakland in December 1840. Dr. Rutherford was 
mar -ied twice and had ten children, all bom in Oakland. 
The three oldest sons of the second marriage, Robert, 
Cyrus and Thomas were identified with early days in 
Newman and vicinity. 

Robert Rutherford was born Apr. 6, 1849, and died in 
a Chicago hospital May 28, 1903. In 1871, he was married 
to Miss Mary F. Valodin, born east of Oakland Dec. 16, 
1851. and died in Chicago Oct. 10. 1931. They first lived 
on the farmstead where their son. Burt, lives now, and 
■where he was born. .About 1880, they removed to Oak- 
land, and about 1882 or 1883 they removed to Newman. 
Here Robert and L. .A. Timmons operated Newman's first 
tile factory, located where the water tower now stands. 
Later on, Robert re-engaged in farming and continued in 
that occupation until his death, the last location being 
where he began farming. 

Robert and Mary were the parents of eleven children, 
seven of whom are deceased: Mrs. Bertha V. Henderson, 
John M., Harriet Agnes, .Ada, Robert Jr., Marie and Jean 
M. Four sons survive: Burt, Broadlands; Paul V.. Frank- 
fort, Ky.; Charles M., Chicago; Wilson H., Alhambra, Calif. 

Cyrus Rutherford, M. D., was born Aug. 14, 1850, and 
died May 2, 1937. In 18S5, he was married to Miss Mar>' 
E. Mclntyre. bom in Canada Mar. 10, 18-53, and died July 
29, 1943. Her parents were born in Scotland, married in 
Canada in 1835 and moved to Newman township in 1834. 

Dr. Rutherford began practice in Oakland, but believing 
there were batter prospects in the prairie lands to the 
north, he removed to Newman Sept. 28, 1877. He speedily 
attracted a lucrative practice and retained the confidence 
of his patrons until his retirement about 1910. 

The Doctor took keen interest in Newman's commun- 
ity affairs. He was president of the Board of Education 
for 30 yearc or more, and provided wise leadership in 
establishing the Newman Township High School in 1910. 
He. with R. Thomas, platted the new cemetery about 1890; 
the first burial there was in 1891. He was the city's first 
mayor and was re-elected several times. While in that 
office, there arose agitation for concrete sidewalks. He 
heard of the cement work at the Soldiers and Sailors 

monument in Indianapolis, and after personal inspection, 
being impressed by the evidence of superior materials and 
workmanship, invited the contractor, Stephen Jones, to 
visit Newman. "Steve" spent the remainder of his active 
life here. Newman's concrete walks attest an enduring 
monument to Dr. Rutherford's interest in the welfare of 

Doctor and Mary Rutherford were the parents of three 
children. .A son died shortly after birth. Two daughters 
survive: Mrs. Eugenia R. Nichols, Tuscola, and Mrs. 
Florence Atherton, Bloomington, 111. 

Thomas Rutherford was bom Jan. 16, 1853, and died 
in an Indianapolis hospital May 25, 1922. In 1874, he was 
married to Miss Sarah R. Zimmerman, bom near the 
St. Omer neighborhood south of Oakland .Aug. 16. 1855, 
and died Jan. 1, 1943. In the Spring of 1875, they moved 
to the farmstead where their grandson. Robert B. Arm- 
strong and his family reside. 

The farm was very swampy. Copious Spring rains, like 
in 1957, could be expected ever}- year and water stood 
on the surface until mid-summer or later. The water 
problem was attacked in the 1880's and was gradually 
corrected. During this period, Thomas served as a Town- 
ship Commissioner and was iiLfluential in obtaining drain- 
age. Roads were slow to dry out after rains. This con- 
dition required correction. The first step was to raise 
the grade of the roadbed and provide roadside ditches; later 
hard surfacing was done on roads with heavy traffic. Thom- 
as was among the leaders to secure improved highways. 

Mr. Rutherford was Township Supervisor for several 
terms and mayor of Newman for a term. In 1900, the 
family moved from the farm to town, occupying the pre- 
mises where their son, Hiram Brown, lives. 

Thomas and Sarah weie the parents of four children. 
Bessie died in 1885 and Mrs. Kate R. .Armstrong in 1949. 
An elder son, Cyrus W., M. D., lives in Indianapolis. 

Two of Dr. Hiram Rutherford's descendants live in 
Newman Township — Burt in the rural area and Brown 
in the city. 

In closing th:s page, filial tribute is due the spouses of 
these three Rutherlord brothers. Each was endowed with 
a superior quality of character, and their friendship was 
esteemed by everj-one who knew them. To each, a sprig 
of Rosemarv — that's for remembrance. 

1857 - 1957 
Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow 

One hundred years have seen a lot of 
changes take place in this great land of ours. 

While we have not been around for near- 
ly that long, we are proud of the record we 
have accomplished in representation for 
farmers and service to the people who make 
agriculture their business. 

It is our desire to take yesterday's ex- 
periences, today's achievements and tomor- 
row's hope into the next 100 years of bet- 
ter service to you 

Douglas County Farm Bureau 
Douglas County Service Co. 

American Legion Auxiliary 

Ne^vlnan Cemetery 

The Auxiliary Unit of the Stanton Burgett American 
Legion Post was organized about two years after the 
Legion Post, itself, was established and was proposed at 
a mass meeting and tea to which the Legionnaires invited 
the eligible women of the community. 

Final decision on the organization was made at a meet- 
ing called by Mrs. M. S. Smith on Oct. 5, 1921, at which 
19 prospective members signed the application for a chart- 
er. Mrs. Smith was named acting president and Mrs. E. 0. 
Swickard, acting secretary. 

On May 6, 1922, the first permanent officers were el- 
ected and the official charter signed by the following 
members: Mrs. Ralph Bender, Mrs. Mae Bender, Mrs. 
Harris Beck, Mrs. Charles Burgett, Mrs. Scott Burgett, 
Mrs. Carl Burgett, Miss Ethel Catron, Mrs. Anna Good- 
son, Mrs. Enoch Gordon, Mrs. R. C. Gillogly, Mrs. Lutitia 
Gregg, Mrs. Enoch Hooe, Mrs. Ferell Mc.^nally, Mrs. A. 
C. Mclntyre, Mrs. Julius McKnight, Mrs. Ray McLain, 
Mrs. Arthur Parr, Mrs. H. O. Sellers, Mrs. Thomas Ruther- 
ford, Mrs. Cyrus Rutherford, Miss Eugenia Rutherford, 
Miss Sue Smith, Miss Harriett Smith, Miss Martha Smith. 
Mrs. M. S. Smith, Mrs. Earl Swickard, Mrs. George Tres- 
enriter, Mrs. James Talbott, Mrs. Lula Vandine, Mrs. Dave 
Wells, Mrs. Harvey E. Winkler, Mrs. Luther Winkler, Mrs. 
W. M. Young, Mrs. Dwight Wagner, Mrs. Paul SoUers. 

Mrs. Carl S. Burgett, whose son, Stanton, was killed 
in World War I and for whom the American Legion Post 
was named, was elected the first president of the Auxiliary 

Throughout its history, the Newman Auxiliary has em- 
phasized cooperation in the national organization's pro- 
grams of community and humanitarian services. 

Rehabilitation of war veterans, service to hospitalized 
veterans and gensral welfare programs have character- 
ized the unit's policies. 

Poppy Day, the national promotion designed to keep at- 
tent on focused on the need of disabled veterans and to 
assist them financially, was first observed in Newman in 
19:. 4 and has been conscientiously promoted each year since. 

The Newman Unit has sponsored a delegate to Girls 
State since that activity was inaugurated in 1939 and pre- 
viously cooperated in sending delegates to Boys State. 

Traditional scivices of the Auxiliary are reflected in 
current rehabilitation programs which include regular 
visits to hospital waids at Danville, regular contributions 
of cigarettes and candy to hospitalized Nev/rnan veterans 
and participation in other such activities as suggested by 
the national and state organizations. 

During its history, the Newman Unit has been represent- 
ed by various members who seived as district officers and 
chairmen. The late Mrs. E. O. Swickard held the office 
cf district director. 

Until 1949, meetings of the Newman Auxiliary Unit 
were held in members' homes. In February, 1949, the 
unit was presented a key to the present Legion Home. 

Newman Cemetery was laid out in 1890 by Dr. Cyrus 
Rutherford and Ruben Thomas. At that time, the two 
north sections were plotted and tiled. A survey was made 
by Mr. Thomas and the corners of the lots were marked 
with wooden stakes. It was not until later that the two 
south sections of the cemetery were plotted. 

From the time of plotting until 1923, Dr. Rutherford 
and Mr. Thomas operated the cemetei-y as a private bur- 
ial ground. The first burial in the cemtery was a baby, 
buried March 23, 1890. There is a small stone at the grave 
marked Baby Cook. The baby was the child of Sherman 
Cook and wife. The plot of ground where the cemetery is 
located had been in com the year before and the stalks 
were still standing when the burial was made. 

In 1921, several citizens approached Dr. Rutherford and 
the heirs of Ruben Thomas with a proposal to incorporate 
the cemetery and operate it as a public cemetery under 
control of a board of trustees. It was agreed to turn over 
the unused portion of the cemetery to such an organiza- 
tion and within a short time, the matter was closed. 

The first trustees of the Newman Cemetery Associa- 
tion were Guy Nicholson, C. C. Barr, Mrs. Fannie Pounds, 
Scott Burgett, Mrs. Lulu VanDyne, Mrs. Mary Routledge 
and Edgar Morrow. 

Numerous improvements have been made. Drives have 
been constructed, all curbings around lots removed, the 
aisle filled to make a level appearance, a new tool house 
constructed from the curbing materials, a water supply 
installed and new fences and hedges put in place. For 
a time, money was taken from the sale of lots and placed 
in a permanent upkeep fund to maintain the cemetery. 
This fund has been augmented by gifts from individuals 
from time to time and there is now in that fund $9150.00 
The income is all that is used so that the amount remains 
as a permanent endowment. 

In 1951, a proposition was submitted to a vote to turn 
the physical part of the cemetery over to the Township 
of Newman to be maintained by a tax. This was approved 
and the maintainance of the cemetery now rests with a 
board of trustees elected on a non-partisan basis at the 
general township election held each odd-numbered year. 
All the income from the permanent upkeep fund is turned 
ever to the Newman Township Cemetery Trustees to be 
used for upkeep of the cemetery. 

In 1953, an addition was made to the cemeteiy through 
ge.ierous gifts of citizens of the community. The original 
ground in the cemetery has all been disposed of and lots 
are all piotted and water mains laid in the new addition. 

The present trustees of Newman Township Cemeteries 
are Edgar Young, George L. Akers Sr. and Edgar Mor- 
row. Ihe Fairfield Cemetery and the Pleasant Ridge 
Cemeteiy are ail under township care, under the direction 
ol the above mentioned trustees. 


This Page Was Dnripted To The Centennial Committee By 

Dr. and Mrs. H. I. Conn 

Newman, Illinois 

TKe Rid^e 

Geologrists who study the science of the constitution ami 
structure of the earth and its development say: "The 
Ridge was created millions of years atro by glaciers which 
once covered the northern half of Illinois." 

What we call •The Ridjre" is really the southern bound- 
ary line of a wide belt of higher ground, or slightly elevat- 
ed plateau, called the "Savoy Ridge" on topographical 
surveys; which extends in a westerly direction from the 
Wabash River across East Central Illinois. This southern 
crest has a meandering east-west course, the eastern end 
being in the vicinity of Newport and Cayuga, Ind. On 
a map, a line drawn through Ridgefarm, Indianola, Hil- 
ureth. Palermo and across Douglas county about two or 
three miles south of the Champaign-Douglas county line 
will give its approximate location. 

In l!K{'.i, a party of government surveyors placed a metal 
marker at ground level at the top of a concrete base ap- 
proximately 50 feet south of the northwest corner of the 
city park. This bears an inscription which says the mark- 
er is "64() feet above sea level". The exact figures are 
not available but it is definitely known that the high 
ground of the Ridge is over 700 feet above sea level. At 
the crest the view to the north is restricted but to the 
south may be seen thousands and thousands of acres 
which, a century ago, were "swamp-lands". 

There is nothing to indicate that the Indians had reg- 
ularly used trails on the Ridge before the coming of the 
white man, although it offered a route to by-pass the 

swamps and an occasional grove of trees; there were no 
r-.prings and very few streams of running water. 

A few of the very earliest settlers found a small Ind- 
ian village near Hugo and a great many arrowheads, 
stone axes and other things at different places along the 
Embarrass river, but where they came from or where 
lliey went is not known. 

A bronze tablet affixed to a huge stone marker at the 
highway crossroads in Palermo reads: "Near here on 
July 18, 1765, Colonel George Groghan, Deputy Superin- 
tendent for the British Government, made a preliminary 
Treaty of Peace with Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa and 
leader of the great Indian Confederacy. By the terms 
of that agreement, the allegiance of the Indians was trans- 
ferred from the French to the English. This secured the 
Eastern Mississippi Valley for Anglo-Saxon civilization". 
Also on this tablet is: "The intersection of the Fort Har- 
rison (Terre Haute), Fort Clark (Peoria) and Kaskaskia- 
Detroit Trails was in this vicinity". 

Shortly after settlers began arriving and establishing 
homes along the Brushy Fork creek, others started to take 
up land on the Ridge, gradually flowing westward from 
Perrysville, Eugene and Newport, which were landings on 
the Wabash. An early road, or "trace", followed the high 
ground and connected with these places. Settlers along 
the Brushy Fork also found it a convenient route to the 
Wabash. Eugene seems to have been the favorite shipping 
point by flatboat, or for milling and supplies, and it was 
then a thriving and growing town. However, when the 
railroads came, they by-passed Eugene and it "withered 
on the vine" and is now just a small tumble-down spot 
about a mile northwest of Cayuga, Ind. 

More Farmers Plant 

Than Anv Other Brand 

KennetK (Moose) Kincaid, Dealer 

Telephone 168F12 Newman, 111. 


. . . building a Newman township barn in 1S80 . . . 

Stanton Burgett 
American Legion Post 

The American Legion, largest organization of war vet- 
erans in history, was born at a caucus of the first Amer- 
ican Expeditionary Force in Paris, France, March 15-17, 
1919. Today it includes more combat veterans, more dis- 
abled veterans, more winners of the Congressional Medal 
of Honor and other decorations, than all other vecerans 
organizations combined. 

The history of the American Legion has been one of 
devotion to God and Country. It was at a caucus in St. 
Louis, Mo., on May 6, 1919, that the permanent outline 
for the American Legion was formed and the immortal- 
ized Preamble put into its linal form. Any doubts as to 
the character and politics of the new organization were 
at once dispelled by this preamble, which appears on the 
reverse side of every American Legion membership card, 
and which is repeated at the opening of every American 
Legion meeting. The preamble is as follows: 

"For God and Country, we associate ourselves together 
lor tlie following purposes: 

'To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United 
States of America; 

"To maintain law and order; To foster and perpetuate 
a 100 percent Americanism; 

'To preserve the memories and incidents of our as- 

sociations in the Great Wars; 

"To inclucate a sense of individual obligation to the 
Community, State, and Nation; 

"To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the 

"To make right the master of might; To promote peace 
and goodwill on earth; 

"To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles 
of justice, freedom and democracy; To consecrate and 
sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual help- 

The application of Stanton Burgett Post No. 201 for 
a charter was filed on Sept. 24, 1919, and was signed by 
the following charter members: John Bloss, Charles C. 
Burgett, Albert Brewer, Carlos Brewer, Robert F. Cotton, 
William R. Cooksey, Elmer Duvall, Howard Duvall, John 
H. Ford, Raymond C. Gillogly, Andrew D. Goodson, Wil- 
liam R. Miller, George E. Nichols, Cyrus W. Rutherford, 
Emerson C. Springer, Norman Senters, Paul E. Sollers, 
Hughes Blake Smith, Earl O. Swickard, Ray K. Wells, 
Maurice Young. 

Since the organization of Stanton Burgett Post No. 201 
there has been no other organization in Newman that has 
taken more interest in the development and betterment 
of the community. It was largely through the interest 
taken, and the money donated by Stanton Burgett Post 
No. 201, that the Newman Memorial Park was re-developed 
f;nd made available to the community as a recreation area 
for all age groups. The American Legion has invested well 
over $3000 in the development of the ball diamond, in- 

This Page Was Don.-^ted To The Centennial Committee By 

Dr. and Mrs. H. I, Conn 

Newman, Illinois 


To The City of Newman on Your 

1 00th Anniversary 

Moffat Coal Co 

Murdock, 111. 

stalling lights and water in the park, and improving other 
facilities. The American Legion organized the first Boy 
Scout troop in the community; has sponsored a Junior 
League baseball team; sponsored various types of youth 
organizations; and has contributed materially toward 
supervised recreation during the summer months; and 
each year since its inception has sponsored one or more 
boys at Boys' State in Springfield, 111. The local post has 
furnished the city some of its mayors, aldermen, treasur- 
ers, clerks, as well as township officials and members of 
the General Assembly. 

Stanton Burgett Post No. 201, The American Legion, 
is justly proud of the part it has played in making New- 
man and the surrounding area a better place in which to 
live and raise families; and each year contributes time, 
money and effort to all worthy causes. The space allotted 
does not permit going into detail of the many and varied 
activities in which the post has participated for the im- 
provement of the community. The post meeting hall has, 
at all times, been open to all worthy organizations as a 
meeting place. 

Below is given a list of Post Commanders and Adjutants 
since organization in 1919. 



Adjutant Membership 


20 Dr. C.W. Rutherford 

Robert F. Cotton 



Earl 0. Swickard 

Chas. C. Burgett 



Ross Winkler 

Chas. C. Burgett 



Don C. Smith 

Chas. C. Burgett 



Dr. H. L Conn 

H. B. Smith 



Harmon Gregg 

Chas. E. Confer 



Chas. C. Burgett 

Ralph Underwood 



A. E. Parr 

Chas. E. Confer 



Chas. E. Confer 

Chas. C. Burgett 



M. L. McDermott 

\. E. Parr 



Boyd 0. Bane 

John Goodson 



John R. Goodson 

E. 0. Swickard 



Roy Harvey 

E. 0. Swickard 



Dr. R. C. Gillogly 

Chas. C. Burgett 



H. B. Smith 

A. E. Parr 



Paul E. Sollcrs 

A. E. Parr 



Harvey E. Winkler 

E. 0. Swickard 



Everett Atchley 

J. R. Goodson 



Richard F. Shephard 

E. 0. Swickard 



J. H. Mclntyre 

J. R. Goodson 



Wm. Warters 

A. M. Johnson 



Rex Green 

A. M. Johnson 



Forrest McCown 

Chas. C. Burgett 



Forrest McCown 

Chas. C. Burgett 



Arthur Ambler 

Chas. C. Burgett 



Dr. C. K. Ross 

A. M. Johnson 



F. K. Shephard 

Chas. C. Burgett 



J. E. Davis (acting) 

John E. Pollock 



John E. Pollock 

Kendall Davis 



Robt. C. Holt 

Kendall Davis 



Curtis Hooe 

Winfield C. Dennis 



Winfield C. Dennis 

Orville Sinclair 



Ronnie Harbaugh 

Orville Sinclair 



Max Martin 

Will H. Forsythe 



Duane Cornwell 

Winfield C. Dennis 



Kenneth Goby 

Winfield C. Dennis 



Billie Hopkins 

Arthur Leeth 



Roy Gibson 

Arthur Leeth 


NEWMAN CENTENNIAL — AUG. 23-24-25, 1957 

In memory of our father, Charles C. Burg- 
ett, and our grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Scott 
Burgett and Mrs. Mary L. Routledge, who 
not alone spent their lives in Newman, but 
rather invested their lives to such purpose 
that we who follow hold a rich heritage 
of pride in them and in the community they 
helped to build. 

Mary Alice Burgett HoUowell 
Patricia Burgett Bartley 

Newman Recreation Parlor 

Pool & Lunch 

J. E. Sage, Prop. 

Visit The 

Urbana Lincoln Hotel 


Lincoln Lodge 

Excellent Food 
Smartly Styled Rooms 

Facilities For 

Parties — Banquets — Receptions 


Mrs. M. J. Pa^e 

Many pt'ople now living in Newman do not even know 
the name, Mary Jane Paxe, but no history of the town 
would be complete without some recojrnition of her influ- 
ence on the community. She came to the Ridge to live in 
18(55. She moved to Newman in 1882 and lived here until 
her death in 1925. Her father was a minister in upper 
New York and she grevi up with cultural and educational 
advantages not common to those living in the average 
pioneer settlement. But when she came to ours, it reaped 
the benefit of them as well as of her many abilities, her 
love of people and devotion to the plates where .she spent 
the greater pert of her life — Newman. She had musical 
ability, was a capable public speaker and could write well. 
Her influence on the growing community was always on 
the side of what would be for its good. 

The historical committee for the Centennial has dipped 
into those writings to its very great benefit, and wishes 
to quote from her obituary in The Independent: "She 
was a woman of heroic mold." In our own words, "She was 
a great lady who lived in our little town." 

Getting from one section of the country to another must 
have given the pioneers time for long, deep thoughts. As 
in the case of Brown Rutherford's grandfather. Dr. Hiram 
Rutherford who, when just graduated from the University 
of Pennsylvania, rode hor::.eback from Harrisburg to Oak- 
land, 111. Maybe that is why so many of those people 
made such good citizens once they got here. None ever 
seemed to need tranquilizer pills. 

Tubeless Tire Repair 
With Coat's Tire Machine 

Lubricating — Oil Changing 



Congratulations On Your 
Centennial Celebration 

St. Anne, Illinois 


Newman Eastern Star 

Newman Chapter U. D. Order of the Eastern Star was 
organized on July 17, 1894, at 2:00 p. m. at the Masonic 
Hall, under the direction of W. C. Kenner and Harry 
Madison and wife of Tuscola, with a charter of 29 mem- 

The second meeting concerned the Constitution, Laws, 
Initiation, and set the time of meetings to the first and 
I bird Monday nights. At the fifth meeting, the time was 
changed to the second and four Mondays, and still re- 

The visit of the Grand Worthy Matron for the first 
time was Nettie C. Kenner on September 10, 1894. 

Up to date, there have been 45 Worthy Matrons, name- 
ly: Mesdames H. L. Gillogly, Nan Barr, Ellen Wagner, 
M. J. Page, Sarah Nichols, Lillie Kyde, Rose Rutherford, 
Mrs. Kaiser, Beva Gaines, Jennie Hance, Dovic Albin, 
Alice Shute, Mabelle Adams, Mary McCown, Faye Baxter, 
Osa Bacon, Susie Morrow, Rae Winkler, Ailcen Burgett, 
Martha Shephard, Mildred Kincaid, Grace Reed, Alice 
Lawrence, Irene VanVickle, Ethel Purdue, Iva Zachary, 
Adda Ringer, Virginia Davis, Ruth Kllsberry, Sylvia Ep- 
person, Cleone Spcclman, Maurine Parr, Dorris Pollock, 
Esther Hopkins, Ann Conn, Dorothea Fenwick, Lucille 
Smith, Avis Morrow, Lucille Richards, Iris Graham, Cath- 

erine Adams, Elizabeth Biddle, Ruby Hendershot, Donna 
Biddle, and Frances Davidson. 

There have been 26 Worthy Patrons: I. N. Covert, T. 
Sidenstricker, Charles Mclntyre, Frank Page, Fred White, 
John Kyde, Harry Baxter, John Ellington, Bert .\dams, 
Charles Burgett, .Arthur Parr, Ervin Kincaid, Manford 
Roller, Orville McCoy, Angus Hopkins, Dr. H. I. Conn, 
Charles Reed, Lowell Smith, Charles Highley, Shelton 
Allen, Velvin Graham, Loren Biddle, Kenneth Kincaid, 
Dean McCumber, Everette Biddle, and Luther Clark. 

Mesdames Olive Eversolc and Jennie Hance are the 
sole surviving Charter Members. In 1897, at the regular 
meeting of the Chapter, on motion, adjourned for recesses, 
lo enjoy fruit from Dr. Wagner's fine orchard and food 
by the members. The Worthy Matron then called the 
Chapter to order and proceeded with the business on hand. 

At the present time, the Chapter has a membership 
of 237. 

On November 17, 1949, a Past Worthy Matron Club was 
organized with 24 members. 

On January 13, 1952, the Rainbow Girls was organized 
with 30 members. Sylvia Epperson, Past Worthy Matron, 
was the first Mothei .Advisor. 

The Josserands of South Prairie 


Louis Josserand was born in Seiie, France, a small 
town close to Paris, December 1, 1828. He came to this 
country with an uncle at the age of thirteen. They crossed 
the Atlantic Ocean in a slow sailing ship, being thirty- 
seven days on the voyage and landing at New York. From 
there, they went to Nev; Albany, Indiana, but finally set- 
tled in Elizabethtown, Indiana. 

Mr. Josserand married Miss Emily Potts of Elizabeth- 
town August 12, 1955. In 1856, they came to Illinois, set- 
tling on a farm south of Newman in the South Prairie 
community where they resided until 1902, when they 
moved to Newman and lived in a small frame house which 
has now been remodeled and is the home of their grand- 
daughter, Cordelia Albin. 

This couple lived to celebrate their seventieth wedding 
anniversary together. To this union fifteen children were 
born, three dying in infancy and the following grew to 
manhood and womanhood on this farm: John, Sarah 

(Jones), Caleb, Louis, Albert, Grant, Dovie (Albin), An- 
drew, Clyde, Maude (Coffey), Paul and Earl. Three are 
still living, Maude, Earl and Louis (Wibb). 

In 1861, Mr. Josserand became a naturalized citizen of 
the United States. He was one of the first members of 
the Newman Masonic Lodge. 

In 1900 he made a trip to the World Fair in Paris, 
France, taking two of his boys with him, and visited the 
scenes of his boyhood days. 

Mrs. Emily Potts Josserand was born in Harrison Coun- 
ty near New Albany, Indiana, March 25, 1838. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Josserand belonged to the Potts United Brethren 
Church located south of Newman, which was named for 
lier father. When they moved to Newman, they united 
with the Methodist Church. 

Mr. Josserand died in 1925 at the age of 96 years and 
:i months. Mrs. Josserand died in 1927 at the age of 89. 



ewman s rires 

A CommencemiMit speaker at u recent Newman high 
school Rrntluation program made the statement, 'Death 
is the greatest boon to progress." In a similar vein it 
can be s«id that disastrous fires contribute to the growth 
and appeaninco of a town. Such has been the e.xperience 
of Newman. 

As terrible as fires are, many times they destroy much 
that is useless and when new buildin;;s aie built to replace 
them, they improve the appearance of the town. 

Newman has had many of such fires. Perhaps the earl- 
iest fire of consequence was in 187G when the Gillogly 
Hotel burned. This hotel stood near where the building 
known locally as the Odd Fellows Building now stands. 
Another hotel burned about this same time, the date is 
not available, where the Ocean to Ocean Filling Station 
now stands. In 1881, the hotel and restaurant owned and 
operated by General Dragoo burned. This hotel was lo- 
cated at the northeast corner of the public square near 
the present site of the city hall. 

On July 9, 1885, the Ed Cole block burned. The Bates 
Hotel, the post office and several small buildings were 
destroyed. This block was located on the East side of 
Broadway where the Trinkle garage is now. This same 
location suffered another fire in 1902. when a row of wood- 
en buildings were burned. 

A clipping from the issue of the Newman Independent 
dated Jan. 19, 1892, reads: Yesterday the old elevator 
commonly known as the ScanKng Elevator, took fire in 
the top and in \r> minutes the whole building was in 

flames. Sixteen carloads of grain were in the structure. 
The old flour mill and the S. C. Cash residence were in 
the path of the flames and caught fire, but were quickly 
extinguished. A humorous note appears in the account — 
"The clothing of the Methodist minister's wife also caught 

On Mar. 23, 1903, one of the moat damaging fires ever 
experienced in Newman occurred. The Newman Inde- 
pendent stiites: "Fire broke out about midnight in the 
staging of the Opera House and the entire business blovk 
east of Root's store was destroyed. The Rude Hardware 
Store, The Newman Record (a paper published during 
that period) the millinery store of Mrs. Emma Calvin, 
The Newman Bank, and a music store owned by Elmer 
Dawson were all burned. All the books and papers of the 
bank were saved but most of the stocks of goods in the 
other building were lost. The loss will total more than 
$40,000." The new two-story buildings on the north side 
of East Yates street replaced these buildings. 

In the winter of 1906, the Maple house, one of New- 
man's largest hotels, burned. The fire was discovered 
aboul, 10:00 p. m. but the entire structure was quickly 
engulfed by flames and the building was a total loss. 
Ininiediate'y following this fire, George 0. Moore erected 
the fine brick building now occupied by Dague's garage. 

On Aug. 20, 1920, about the middle of the afternoon, 
the large elevator just north of the Baltimore & Ohio 
railroad depot burned. It was, perhaps, as costly a fire 
as ever occurred in Newman. The property was valued 
at $50,000 and it was full of grain. The oats had been 
purchased for 80c a bushel, the wheat at $2 per bushel. 
It was in the height of the threshing season and the build- 
ing was full. During the preceding week, 10.000 bushels 

William Williams Young and Mary Jane Coolley Young 
came to theii new home, four miles north of Newman 
(where a family centennial was held later), October 9, 

They made the move in two pi'airie schooners. One was 
drawn by three yoke of oxen, the other by two, and they 
led two horses. 

Their direct descendants living in the vicinity are: 

Louise Mclntyrc 

Edgar Berkley Young 

Florence Young (Mrs. Robert F. Cotton) 

William Russell Young 

Virginia Swickard (Mrs. Willard Hagebush) 

William Marion Young 

James Young 

Suzanne Young 

Mary Jane Young 

David Allen Young 

of wheat and 2000 bushels of oats had been received. The 
Fansler blacksmith shop was badly damaged and the 
Baltimore & Ohio railroad depot was destroyed. Several 
bo.x cars, some empty and some loaded, were pushed to 
safety. The present Federal North Iowa elevator now 
stands on the site. 

A large tomato canning factory erected by local people 
(L. E. Root and Ruben Thomas were the principal own- 
ers) burned about 1904. The frame building burned to 
the ground but the brick engine room escaped damage and 
■was then used to house the first power plant to furnish 
electricity to the whole city. It operated until the fran- 
chise was taken over by the Central Illinois Public Serv- 
ice Co. 

Crites canning factory also was a fire casualty. The 
factory canned sweet corn and furnished employment for 
a large number of people. It was destroyed by fire just 
as the 1940 canning season opened. 

Numerous homes in the city have burned. The Frank 
K. Page residence, the James P. Heaton home and many 
others come to mind. 

Although fires have forced newei- and better building.-; 
to be erected, that has been only one factor in the down- 
town development. All the original frame buildings on the 
west side of Broadway from Green street to Mather street 
have been replaced by brick structures although no fire 
ever occurred in these blocks. When they became unfit 
for use, they were wrecked and new brick buildings er- 
ected. The only notable exception is the Dr. Rutherford 
office, now occupied by the Booton & Hemphill Insurance 
Agency ... a reminder of what used to be. 


Daniel Thomas was born near AUerton, Illinois, on May 
23, 1831, the son of Edv/in and Elizabeth Thomas. As a 
young man, Mr. Thomas became very fond of farm life 
and delighted in growing good corn. He was especially 
a lover of white seed corn, purebred shorthorn cattle and 
beautiful horses. As early as 1904, he took first prize and 
Sweepstakes at the AUerton Show. He continued to take 
first place and Sweepstakes for 40 years. His knowledge 
of excellent v/hite open pollinated corn became known all 
over Illinois and Indiana. He sold seed for years. The 
University of Illinois recognized his corn as an outstanding 
variety. Shortly, Purdua University did the same. The 
University of Illinois named his corn "ThoniKs White 
Utility Type Corn". For several years, the University 
of Illinois had plots on his farm for experimentation. 

He married Clara Morris of Newman and they resided 
on a farm near Newman. His wife passed away ten years 
later and in 1924 he was married to Miss Emma DeWitt, a 
specialist in Home Economics Extension work. Mr. Thom- 
as passed away on April 16, 19.50. 

Aug. 20, 1920 ... I arimr>, (.rain & Lumber Co. 
destroyed by fire. 

Congratulations To 
All My Friends In 


On Your Centennial 




Compliments Of 

Jos. Kulin ^ Co. 

Champaign and Tuscola 

Complete Men's and Boys' Clothiers 

Shell Inn Cafe 

Shell Service Station 

Davis Motel 

Institution of Good Service to The 

Community For Over a Quarter of A 

Century of Progress 

And Improvement 

DAVIS BROS., INC. Cleo Underwood 

Ken - Darrell - Don Station Proprietor 

Semelia Harvey Winkler 

Luther Winkler 

The ancestors of Luther and Semelia Winkler came to 
America in the latter part of the eighteenth century ana, 
after several migrations covering a period of half a cen- 
tury, established a permanent home in the Brushy Fork 
area southwest of what is now the city of Newman. 

The earliest records reveal that David Winkler, great- 
great grandfather of Luther Winkler, was born in Ger- 
many in 1769 and came when quite young to America, 
settling in North Carolina. There he married Sarah Fair 
of Irish parentage and it was there that three children 
were born, one of whom was Joseph, the grandfather of 
Luther Winkler. 

After a few years, they migrated to Kentucky, and later, 
to Warwick County, Indiana, where they bought and im- 
proved a farm. John, the last of eleven children, was born 
in 181G. David Winkler, the father, died in 1821 and was 
buried in Indiana. 

Sarah Fair Winkler and all of her children came to 
Brushy Fork creek at an early date. The mother and 
eight sons entered land along this stream. Sarah died in 
1835 and was buried on the land she entered, a part of 
which is now known as Albin cemetery. 

In 1829, Young E. Winkler, one of the sons, came with 
his family, building a log cabin, the first house in what 
is now Newman township, ten miles from the nearest 
neighbor, forty miles from town and mill at Newport 
o. Perryville, Indiana. 

Joseph Winkler, another son of David and Sarah, brought 
his family here in 1831 and built a one room log cabin 
for the family of ten. In November and December of 
1836, Joseph and his wife, Elizabeth Vandever Winkler, 
died, leaving a family of nine children to make their own 
way. The children lived on the home farm until grown. 

Charles Vandever Winkler, the eldest son, who was only 

15 years of age when his parents died, married Sarah 
Lane and lived on the Winkler homestead farm until his 
death in 1854. They had two children, Vashti and Luther, 
the latter born November 20, 1852. 

On September 10, 1878, Luther Winkler married Semelia 
Harvey, who was also a descendant of early pioneer fam- 
ilies of this community. Her maternal grandparents were 
Enoch Howell and Seinele Gaston, whose families were 
among the few here in the 1830's. Her father, Joseph 
Harvey, of English descent, had come here from Greene 
County, Pennsylvania, when he was sixteen years of age. 

Luther Winkler and Semelia Winkler were well known 
and highly respected by their neighbors and friends. They 
lived over a long span of years and were intensely interest- 
ed in the development of agriculture, their life-long in- 
terest and occupation. They witnessed and shared the 
turning of unproductive swamp lands into tiled and fertile 
tields and the evolution of harvesting from the scythe 
to modern agriculture machinery. They worked hard and 
long in that vigorous manner typical of the pioneer stock 
of their forebears, yet remaining young in spirit, and 
were always found on the side of progress when questions 
affecting their community arose. They lived to celebrate 
their si.xty-fourth wedding anniversary Sept. 10, 1942. 

To them v.'ere born six children: Mildred Winkler 
Choyce, Lucretia Winkler Hawkins, Charles, Harvey, Ray 
and Ross. Ray lived with his parents until his death in 
1946. Surviving are Ross and Harvey. Ross and his wife, 
Aurelia Johnson Wink'.er, live in Seattle, Washington. 
Their two children are Elizabeth and Joseph. Harvey and 
his wife, Rae McFarlan Winkler, live on the Winkler 
Homestead Farm. 

Luther Winkler died November 1, 1942; Semelia, his 
wile, March 9, 1948, both being in their ninetieth year. 

In Memory Of 

Henley Eversole 

"... whose life was dedicated 
to his family, his church and 
and his community.' 

Mrs. Olive W. Eversole 
Mr, and Mi's. John Henley Eversole 
Phoenix, Arizona 

« .^ « i» » t 



. . . one of the first trains 

The Railroad 

One of the best investments made by the early residents 
of this community was the $12,000 they gave to help 
finance the building of a railroad through Newman town- 
rhip. The money came from a bond issue and was not 
paid until the road was actually built about 20 years afier 
the company had been given a charter. 

The settlers had found a fertile soil which would pro- 
duce r.bundantly of corn, wheat and other grains, but be- 
cause of having to deliver at distant markets, it was nec- 
essary to send their produce "on the hoof". This was not 
too difficult with cattle, but to drive fat hogs 40 or 50 
miles overland presented many problems, such as feed 
and water. 

There wasn't much money in the pockets of the early 
Eeltlers and that was constantly being taken out of the 
country to pay for the necessities they could not produce. 
To piosper, they had to have money coming in. Econom- 
ical and dependable transportation with convenient ship- 
ping stations would make this possible. A railroad would 
ako p.ovide travel accommodations, faster and better mail 
se.v.ce, and other benefits. 

In 1833, the Great Western Railroad was built through 
Homer and the Illinois Central through Tuscola, and at 
;.bout the same time, what is now the New York Central 
w^s built through Paris, Ashmore and Charleston. To de- 
liver even a small wagon load of coi'n or wheat at these 
towns required not less than a 36-niile trip and at least 
12 hours of travel time. 

The Indiana and Illinois Central railroad, which is now 
the Cinciniati, Ind anapolis & Springfield Division of the 
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, was chartered by the State 
of Indiana on Jan. 1, 1853. 

Iniorm^tion as lo when the survey for the line was made 
is not available. The granting of a charter to the Illinois 
Cen.ral Raiiroad, with its immense subsidy of public lands 
by the State of Illinois, started a rash of railway promo- 
tion schemes in Illinois and Indiana. Surveyors were sent 
out to run the proposed lines so that costs could be est- 
imated. The next step was to get the money to finance 
consiruction, or provide attractive bait for the sale of 

The Decatur and Indianapolis Railroad Co. was con- 

solidated with the I & I C railroad company in 1855. A 
brief history of the building of the line as supplied by 
the B & O Railroad Co. says: "Constructed by the I & I C 
Railroad Company, Wabash River to Decatur, 111., 85 
miles in 18; 3" and "Constructed partly by the I & I C Rail- 
road Co., completed by the Indianapolis, Decatur and 
Springfield Railroad Co., Indianapolis to Wabash River, 
07. (j7 miles, :873". In 1888, it was so'.d at foreclosure and 
became the Iirdianapolis, Decatur and Western Railroad. 
In 1902, it was consolidated with the C H & D R R to 
become the C I & W railroad. It follows a direct east- 
west line through central Douglas county with only a 

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jog of about 200 feet just east of CamarRO. 

Townsite promoters followed closely on the heels of 
the railroad engineers who made the surveys and selected 
likely looking spots for development. There is informa- 
tion available which indicates that the Newman site was 
picked in 1854. but it was not until three years later that 
they could get title to the land needed, and the town laid 

There are no stories of anyone ever being trampled un- 
der foot in a rush to buy lots during the first 15 years of 
its existence. It made a slow and steady growth, but most 
of the dwelling hou.-*es and store buildings were small and 
lightly constructed which could be moved to another loca- 
tion if it became necessary. 

When the railroad was built, the roadbed was graded 
by men with teams and "slip scrapers" and the ties laid 
on the earth and it became quite a problem to maintain 
the tracks. It was several years before enough gravel 
could be brought in from pits in Indiana to supply the 
needed ballast. 

Operating a train in the early days was a hazardous 
occupation. There were no automatic couplers; the cars 
being fastened together by coupling links and coupling 
pins and many brakemen had their hands so badly mashed 
between the drawbars that amputation was necessary. 
.Air brakes were not in general use, except on locomotives, 
and when a freight would approach a town, brakemen 
would climb to the top of the ears to set the brakes on 
each car they could reach, by turning and locking the 
brake wheel. With this assistance, the engineer could 
usually stop the train somewhere near where he wanted 
to bring it to a halt. These early locomotives had an 
enormous appetite for fuel and a fireman literally shov- 
eled his way from one town to another. 

At first only one switch track was laid. It began at 
Broadway and extended five or six blocks. It was on 
the north side of the main line and served the elevator, 
coal sheds, the loading pens for livestock, and storage space 
for cars which brought merchandise and other supplies 
to Newman. When an elevator was built east of Broad- 
way, another switch track was made. It was not until 
many years later that the "passing track" was built on 
the south side. 

For many years, the Newman depot was open 24 hours 
daily except on Sundays. Many able men have served 
the railroad as its agent in Newman. J. Fred Carter was 
one of these, resigning a few years ago after a long term 
of service here. Clark Arganbright has been agent here 
for many years and is still on duty. 

The coming of the railroad in 1873 ushered in a new era 

Compliments Of 

Jared W. Grain 

Grain's Tavern 
Broadlands, Illinois 

for Newman and the surrounding countryside. It marked 
the beginning of draining the swamp lands by open ditch- 
es and tile drains, making them available for grain farm- 
ing and for desirable home sites. The flow of incoming 
money rapidly increased and the country became more 
prosperous. The residents of Newman were now convinced 
that the town was "here to stay" and began to use brick 
for building store rooms and residences, and larger and 
more substantial frame buildings. Newman became one 
of the most profitable stations for the railroad and in 
turn it has been paying taxes annually into the city, 
school, township and county funds. 

The last bond of that $12,000 issue was paid off almost 
70 years ago. 


AUG. 23-24-25, 1957 

SKady Rest Steak House 

Steaks — Sea Food — Chicken 

Reservations Accepted Phone 8721 

Route 36 Chrisman, 111. 

Farnham Grain Co. 

Dealers in All Kinds 

Of Grain 

And Nutrena Feeds 

Horace, Illinois 

Phone 5296 

Chrisman, 111. 



With the advent of railroad service in 1873, many new 
businesses sprang up to fill the needs of the community 
of Newman . . . some of them long existent, others simply 
offspring of the enterprise. 

In the later category was the matter of conveying goods 
which came into town by rail from the depot to the var- 
ious places of business. Thus, the railroad was mother 
to the draying business. 

The first drayman in the new city was Ward Dudley, 
father-in-law of Mrs. Charles Dudley. 

Mr. Dudley's dray was a one-horse affair, the dray, it- 
self, fitted with heavy shafts and the bed balanced, to a 
certain extent, on two wheels. A support along the shafts 
prevented the full weight of the load from resting on the 
hoise's back while the cartons, boxes, etc., were being piled 
onto the dray. 

It did, however, require a very strong horse to handle 
the fully-loaded dray and the backhand through which the 
shafts passed was very wide and well padded. 

The dray was hiyh enough to make it level with the 
loading platform at the station or railroad car door. 

There w'as a puipose in having only two wheels — it 
nade the drag on the horse 
about half of what it would 
have been with a four-wheel 
dray struggling through the 
deep mud. 

Draying services were / 
based on contracts between , 
the drayman and individual 
merchants who arranged for 
all their freight or express -4k 
shipments to be handled 
whenever they happened to 

For many years, the horse- 
drawn dray was the common 
vehicle for freight transport- 
ation. It was used by M. D. 
Campbell and his son, Ben. 
(Ben had lost a leg in a 
railroad accident and used 

a crutch while he worked). ' 

Dan'.el Cole, grandfather of 
M s. Susan Thoni, also operated a one-horse dray for a 

The first two-horse dray, insofar as memory serves, 
was operated by George Baney, who also operated a coal 
hauling business in Newman. William Lipscomb was an- 
other of the early draymen. 

Many draymen have operated in Newman but these 
were the earliest, the two-wheelers pulled through the 
muck and mire by a laboring draft horse, creating a pic- 
ture symbolical of the small city of that period sti-uggling 
for its very existence in the face of seemingly impossible 

Congratulations To Newman 
On Their First 100 Years 

Neff Concrete 
Products Co. 

Materials of Permanence 


Phone 1016 711 Section St. 


. . . John Sutlon and his dray 
number of years. 

S Q P 

It takes all three to give you 
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A Newman country boy became a contender for the title 
of World's Champion Heavyweiirht Wrestler. He never 
won the crown, but for several years was regarded as the 
second best professional wrestler in the United States. 
Dr. B. F. Roller met every first class wrestler In America 
and never lost a fall, except to the champion, Frank Gotch. 

In those days, wrestling was a good, clean sport, en- 
Kajred in by well-trained and skillful athletes, and a 
"match" was not a well-rehearsed act between some of 
the over-stuffed clowns. 

Frank Roller attended a country school not far from 
the family home on The Ridge. In 1892, when 16 years 
of age, he entered DePauw University, taking a pre-medic- 
al course. As he had never attended high school, he did 
not complete the course until 1896. While at DePauw, 
he played football and used up his four years of elegibility 
as a college athlete. He went from there to the University 
of Pennsylvania, where he received his degree in medicine. 
During his student days at Penn, he earned a part of his 
expenses playing with a Pittsburg professional football 
team. He opened an office in Philadelphia, but after two 
years decided to locate in Seattle, Wash. 

One night, a Canadian wrestler who was in Seattle of- 
fered $300 to any opponent he could not pin in 30 minutes. 
Dr. Roller, who was 31 years of age at that time and who 
had never wrestled professionally, accepted the challenge 
and pinned the Canadian in 12 minutes. Frank liked the 
sport, so employed an instructor and trainer and followed 
it as a sideline for a few years. He died in New York City 
in 1934 of pneumonia. 

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Roller and a 
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Soon after David P. Freeman was mustered out of the 
Union Army, he went to work for the Mosely Lathe Co. 
of Elgin, III., which had the contract to make the tools 
for the newly organized Elgin watch company. After 
the first watches were made, they found themselves short 
of funds for payment of the Mosely company and offered 
to pay the men in watches rather than money where they 
could. Mr. Freeman received one of these watches and his 
granddaughter, Mrs. Russell Young, has it in her posses- 
sion. It is wound with a huge key. 

There were some good pranksters here in the by-gone 
days. John Anderson was the best, but Joe Fansler could 
think up some good ones. A gentle young heifer, a huge 
pair of horns, and some plaster of Paris created an un- 
usual and outraged beast one night on the commons north 
of the railroad. The joke was so good it made the Chi- 
cago papers and, of course, provided laughs for a long 

Earl Swickard has a set of tools which his grandfather 
made and then used to build his house and barn. 

From an 1895 copy of The Independent, in an article 
concerning Mrs. Jane McAllister's 84th birthday party, 
was this information describing travel in the early 1820's. 
Mrs. McAllister, when a 12-year-old girl, with her family 

left Mifflin, Pa., on the Clarion river, then went down 
the Ohio and up the White river to Lawrenceberg, Ind. 
The raft used was homemade by and for the five families 
embarking on it. It had small cabins for sleeping and 
one for a kitchen, with a fireplace for cooking. The men 
of the party hunted game along the banks as they moved 
along, and the entire trip was remembered ever after as 
having been a most enjoyable journey. Mrs. McAllister 
was the maternal grandmother of Grace Scroggin Stickles. 
Those present at the birthday celebration: Mesdames 
J. R. Page, S. C. Cash, J. S. Dawson, Ed Nichols, Emily 
Roller, M. S. Smith, Martin Robinson, Glen Melntyre, 
A. E. Hamilton, J. L. Berkley, Sue Springer, F. K. Page, 
P. P. Dawson, Maude Gillogly, Belle Melntyre, Henley 

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I'HIS \\ A> nil. M.U.MA.N l)aua a( the time when, 
perhaps, it was enjoying the peak of its popularity. 
In the front row. left to right arc Mose Smith and 
Kdwad WatiTs. In (he second row. Fritz Streibiih. 
Albert Smith. Hezekiah Shute, Simon Fuller, an un- 
id;-ntified man of the band, Otis Matheney, Ernest 

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Sutton, another unidenlitud iii.iii .uid John M. 
I'ound. Third row, Paul Burgett, Willis Holden, 
Kenneth Pound, Albert W. Richards, H. B. Smith, 
EugiML' Root, Dr. Cyrus \V. Rutherford, Cloyd Shute, 
Alva Bradford, William Wiley. Charles W. Record 
and Charles C. Burgett. 

The Band 

It is almost impossible to chronicle the community life 
cf Newman during the last years of the 1800's and the 
first years after the turn of the century without bringing 
attention to the widely known Newman Band. Hardly an 
< vent of note could be termed a success without the ap- 
pearance of The Band. 

According to imformation available to ua, the first band 
was organized in 1875 by John Watts. In 1880, Charles 
Pcttit re-organized the membership and became band dir- 
ector. At that time, there were ten pieces in the band and 
according to old records, "the band was in demand upon 
all occasions when a little 'rhythmic disturbance' was 
needed to fill up the intermission between speeches." 

The band grew and flourished over the years. During 
the late 80's, it was known as "Shute's Marine Band" and 
reached the height of its strength and popularity in the 
early 1900's. 

On Oct. 10, 1902, a band reunion was held. The entire 
day in Newman was devoted to paying tribute to all past 
and current members of the community's best-known mu- 
sical organization. 

The day's program included: 

9 a. m. — Assemblage at the Opera House. 

10 o'clock — Public concert. Invocation by Rev. L. R. 
Thomas, vocal solo by Mrs. J. M. Kyde, Welcome by G. O. 
Moore, response by W. W. Pepper, address by Rev. Thomas 
on "Effects of Music for the Betterment of Mankind". 
Dinner was served by the ladies' auxiliary of the band. 

1:30 — Overture by the band, address at 2 p. m. by the 
Rev. J. H. Piper on "Advantage of a Band to a Country 
Town"; 2:30, recording and reproductions of records on 
Grand Graphaphone; 3:00, address by Rev. Glick, followed 

by selection by the band and "Burlesque on Band" by W. 
W. Pepper. 

At the time of the reunion, there had been more than 90 
men who had been members of the band and of that num- 
ber, more than 50 came back to Newman for the reunion. 

Charter members of the band were H. Shute, baritone, 
A. B. Smith, E-flat coinet, Simon Fuller, tenor, J. C. 
House, B-flat cornet, C. L. Swigart, E-flat cornet, William 
Baney, tenor, Doug Tatman, base drum, George Waters, 
alto, Brad Shute, tuba, and Charles Hooe, snare drum. 

For many years, public concerts were held in the band 
stand in the park, first on the second floor and later, when 
the band stand was rebuilt, on the first floor. Many list- 
eners will recall Stormy Bill Ellington's performance in 
"A Hunting Scene", the late M. S. Smith with his big tuba 
and trombone solos by the late Otis Matheney. 

Persons most familiar with the Newman Band give a 
great deal of credit for its contribution to the community 
to Mose Smith and .Albert Richards. 

In Memory Of 

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Miss Martha R. Smith 

SLUGGERS — This picture from the annals of New- 
man sports activities was taken in 189'} and was 
loaned to The Independent by Mrs. Lulu VanDyne. 
l! shows one of the earliest baseball teams — the City 
Hotel Club. The individuals in the picture, as iden- 
tified by one of the players, are, first row, left to 
light, J. T. Sollers. catcher; Delmar Ashmore, second 

base; Harry White, right fie!d; George Goodwin, 
pitcher. Standing. I'otter P. Long, one of the team's 
most ardent fans; John Rutherford, shortstop; 
George Barr. first base; Palmer Hancock, left field; 
Bruce W. VanUyne, centerfield; Fred L. White, third 
base, and Davie Miller, manager. The lone horse- 
man in the rear is .Mbert Smith. 

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A ihnnoe reading of a news item which appeared in the 
Newman Independent over half a century ago brounht 
back a dim recollection of sometliiriK that happened in the 
lont; nKo past and also suRRested a possible source of au- 
thentic information. 

The news item read: "July 5, 1905— Manford Roller has 
bouRht Perry Dawson's automobile." 

That automobile was the first owned by a resident of 
Newman. It was an "Olds" two-passenger roadster with 
a one-cylinder motor, a curved "dashboard," and had a 
"tiller" instead of a wheel for steering. It had a warning 
device — a horn with a rubber bulb which, when squeezed, 
gave out a shrill "peep". It had no top or windshield, but 
did have coal-oil burning lights for night driving. The 
motor was started by inserting a crank at the side. When 
properly "tuned up" it would run 30 miles an hour. It sold 
for i900. 

The owners of this beauty were Perry Dawson and 
Charles O. Taylor. After a short time, Mr. Taylor sold 
his interest to Mr. Dawson. 

.After using it four years, Mr. Dawson sold it to Man- 
ford Roller for 5300. He drove it four years and then 
sold it to a Mr. Stotts of Newman, a tailor, for $100. Mr. 
Roller says the last time he saw it Mr. Stotts was walking 
behind the car, pushing it back into town. 

The ground now occupied by the Grab-It-Here store was 
once the site of a large livery stable operated by A. J. 
Fonner. In front of the stairway next to the curb is a 
small square of concrete which appears to be a part of 
the sidewalk. Underneath it is a well which supplied 
water to a trough for watering horses. 



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In 1904, an interesting birthday record was given by Len- 
nie England Thompson, secretary of the Pleasant Ridge 
Sunday School: Apr. 4, Jimniie Kincaid gave 13 pennies, 
Apr. 10 Ervin Kincaid gave 10 pennies, May 4 Ray Kin- 
caid gave 8 pennies. May 4 Teddy Hull gave 15 pennies, 
Nov., Harvey Lloyd gave 13 pennies and Bertha Kincaid 
gave 16 pennies. 

At the time Sherm Cook's house burned, it is told on 
good authority, William Hecb, who was post master at the 
time, rushed into the house, threw a dresser with a 
looking glass in it out of the window, and rushed down- 
stairs carrying a featherbed. 

Church going called for fortitude in the early days. Peop- 
le came many miles to participate in the services — via 
horseback and walking. Kitchen chairs were placed in 
farm wagons, lanterns and hot bricks were used for heat. 
Families climbed aboard as each farm house was passed. 
Often, men and boys had to walk to ease the load and to 
probe the deep, waxy mud from the wheels and to find 
the roadbed. Sleighs with bells and bobsleds were popular 
during the Winter. One event happened after a heavy 
snow when a sleigh load of young people came northeast 
of Newman t-o the J. R. Page farm where Ervin Kincaid 
now lives, for a songfest. Mrs. Page had the first Melodi- 
an in the country, shipped here from New York. Emma 
McAlister, a very young woman and a teacher, who was an 
occupant of the sleigh, said the snow was so deep and the 
horses lunging so the sleigh upset and all were thrown 
out. She had to be pulled out by the heels, and it was a 
comical sight to see the legs of others sticking out of the 
drifts "like toothpicks in icing". 

Robert Albin, father of Sanford Albin, was married twice, 
Sanford being the eldest child of the second marriage. 
Nancy, the mother, had the idea that Robert did not love 
the children of the second family as he did the first fam- 
ily until there was a lot of ice that had to be walked over. 
Robert crawled on his hands and knees with Sanford on 
his back rather than risk falling with him. 

Herding a drove of cattle from the Winkler homestead 
to the Chicago market, letting them graze and grow as 
they moved along would probably seem too slow to Har- 
vey Winkler. But an ancestor of his did that very thing 
and seemed to enjoy it from the tone of his letter, written 
after he reached Chicago. 

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Seventy-five years ago in December, John Akers of 
Newman township and Mary Brown of Oakland were mar- 
ried in Tuscola. They came to Newman on a late train 
to spend their wedding night at the Newman Hotel, which 
was operated by James Fonner. Their happiness over 
embarking on life's journey together was greatly dimmed 
the next morning as they prepared to journey out to the 
country. They discovered that the bride's trunk, contain- 
ing all her earthly possessions and keep-sakes had not 
followed through. It was never recovered. — Helen L. 

It is a matter of history that once in very hard times, 
Marion and Jim Young's great-grandfather, an early set- 
tler on the Ridge, hauled a load of corn to Homer to sell 
and received less money for it than he did for a pound of 
honey sold the same day. 

To our grandparents, Martin and Eliza 
Jane Robinson and our parents, Joseph E. 
and Alice Robinson, who have left memories 
which will be always cherished. 

Ninah Gray 
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CHORISTERS — At the time 
this picture was taken, these 
people were in great demand 
as musical entertainers at 
civic and church programs in 
Newman. The inspiration for 
the glee club was the gentle- 
man who dominates the cen- 
ter of the picture, but whose 
name has escaped the mem- 
ory of everyone contacted. 

The chorus was under the 
general management of El- 
mer Dawson. Those in the 
picture, using their names at 
the time the photograph was 
taken — Front row, left to 
right. Miss Mable Campbell, 
Miss Bessie Burgett, Miss 
Alice Mclntyre, Miss Carolyn 
Thomas, Miss Elaine Root, 
Mrs. Pearl Gillogly; second 

row. Miss Jessie Douglas, 
Miss Mabel Hancock, Miss 
Verdie Dawson, Miss Anna 
Harper, Miss Bertha Scotteii 
and Miss Verna Good; third 
row, Roy Stout, Shelley R. 
Burgett, the director (un- 
identified), Fred White and 
Elmer Dawson. 

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Possessed of a compftitive :uui nugrcssive spirit as they 
were, it was natural that Newnian's early citizens should 
turn frequently to outdoor sports as an outlet for the 
energy they brought with them — and further, that this 
same spirit should be one of the proud heritages cherished 
by present generations. 

As early as the annals of the town seemingly can be 
traced, baseball has been a major sport and has produced 
dozens of players with more than ordinary ability. Two 
of these — J. T. and Ira Sollers — supplied the data on 
which this article was based when it appeared originally 
in "Other Years", a collection of articles published by The 

Baseball as played here during the 70's and 80's was 
radically different from today's game. 

The size of the diamond and the distance between the 
bases has remained the same, but changes have been made 
in the distance between the pitcher's mound and home 
plate, due in part to the changing of rules governing the 
delivery of the ball by the pitcher. 

In the earlier games, a batter was allowed four strikes 
and needed seven bal'.s to entitle him to a "walk". Fouls 
were not con.sidered strikes and the catcher, having no 
glove, mask or protector, usually played the ball on the 
first bounce. A foul tip caught by the catcher, whether 
tipped or on the fly, retired the hitter. 

The "curve ball" of today's game was impossible to 
throw with the early ball which had no raised seams and 
pitchers used either an underhand pitch or straight fast 


Rube Tatnian, son of Ler Tatman, the v.-agon maker, is 
generally credited with developing the first curve in these 
parts after the introduction of the horschide covered "dead" 
ball in the late 70's. Just how Rube became proficient as 
a curve-liall pitcher has escaped the records, but there is 
no doubt that lefthand hitters who first faced this new de- 
livery backed away from the plate like they were dodging 

The first regulation "skinned" diamond in Newman was 
located on the block where H. B. Rutherford's home now 
stands. It was just behind the old blacksmith shop. Home 
plate was near where Robert Smith now lives and the 
outfield was to the northwest. 

Very little playing equipment was available. Catchers 
and bi'.semen used no mitts or gloves. 

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GRIDIRON GLADIATORS— Bottom row, Truman 
S. Sollers, right end, and Cloyd Shute, left end; 
second row, seated, Paul Root, substitute end, John 
W. Ellington, right half, Howard McAnally, center, 
William Johnson, right guard, Allie Patton, left 
tackle, William Gaines, left halfback; third row, 
standing, Parm Hancock, manager, Charles M. El- 

lington, fullback, Ted C'arnes, right guard, Clovis 
Carncs, left guard, Loren Hood, quarterback, Davey 
Ellington, mascot, Clayton C. Barr, fuMback, Dr. 
Roy Coffey, quarterback, George Carnes, right tackle, 
Clarence Rude, substitute quarterback. Their record, 
displayed in the center, speaks for itself. 

by teams from surrounding towns — Tuscola, Atwood anJ 
numerous games with Oakland and Kansas tennis, who 
were considered natural rivals since so many of the New- 
man people had lived in these communities before coming 

Umpires of that day were as adamant as they are today 
where their decisions were concerned. Rube Tatman had 
an "outdrop" which he used frequently with great suc- 
cess because of this peculiarity of the part of certain arb- 
iters. It was their contention that a ball which started 
straight could not change direction and, according to that 
logic, it continued through the strike zone. 

Newman has had a lot of players and those named here 
are not necessarily all-time all-stars but merely consiitu.e 
members of a team that played regularly during the 187J's 
and 1880's. 

These early diamondeers included Charles Cash, who 
caught barehanded; George Bane, uncle of Boyd Bane, who 
also caught and was considered one of the team's hitting 
stars; John Suit, Homer Bilby, Rube Tatman and George 
Morrow. Morrow also took his turn as a pitcher. John 

Stickels played first base. Jack Wright and M. S. Smith, 
together with Bryant Gillispie, played the infield. For 
outfielders, the team had J. W. Fansler, Lou Hickman, 
Luther Winkler, J. C. Gillogly, W. H. Thompson and Kit 

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Following: the publication of the story on an early base- 
ball team, Mrs. Lulu VariDyne provided The Independent 
with a picture of an 1893 team that revived new mem- 
ories. It was the "City Hotel Club" nine and was spon- 
sored by George W. Williams, who, at that time, oper- 
ated the City Hotel, located where the Newman Hotel 
now stands. Sometime when you're walking past the 
hotel look for the words "City Hotel" which were etched 
in the wet cement at the time the sidewalk was built — 
they're still readable. 

The picture was taken in front of the home of E. L. 
Tackitt, former Newman mayor. You will note that the 
team still played without the benefit of baseball gloves, 
with the exception of the catcher, who possesses the sem- 
blance of a catcher's mitt and a mask. Of special interest 
also, is the prominent display of bats. One of the players, 
who still lives in Newman, recalls that a broken bat was 
a major catastrophe. 

This team played opponents from Hume, Tuscola, Met- 
calf, Oakland and Longview and won most of their games. 

.\mong the ardent followers of the team were men 
well-known in the town at the time — James Barr, .Anson 
Skinner, Joseph VanDyne, Joseph Eagler and T. M. Si- 
denstricker were some of the fans to be found along the 
sidelines at every game, offering special inducements for 
stellar performances. 

Newman's intense interest in the rugged sport of foot- 
ball unquestionably was fostered during its embryonic 
stage by the stout-hearted aggregation in the p. dure 
which accompanies this article, another in our series on 
the history of "The Best Little City in Eastern Illinois." 

So much has been written — and well it might be, since 
football has furnished no little center of interest here — 
about various football teams that picking this particular 

group for comment might be regarded as discriminating. 
But, aside from the physical and mental acumen required 
of the participants, there is little resemblance to our mod- 
ern game. 

The team pictured here, as well as others of the era, 
was composed of both high school and "town men." Early 
interest in the game here — it vas Rugby football then — 
gained impetus from the pror.iinence gained by George 
Roller, who had played foolball at DeFauw University, 
and Dr. Frank Roller, who played with the University of 
Pennsylvania team. 

Several local sports enthusiasts also had seen football 
played at the University of Illinois. 

This was a game in which no forward passing was al- 
lowed, seven men were required on the line of scrimmage 
and a team had to make five yards for a first down. The 
so-called plays were either bone-crushing line plunges by 

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the fullback or end sweeps by the halfbacks. These rug- 
g-ed lads paid little attention to intricate formations to 
confuse the opposition, although they did use a criss- 
cross play with one halfback handing the ball to the other 
as they ran in opposite directions behind the line of scrim- 

The team's repertoire of plays totalled about nine. The 
quarterback called signals and handled the ball on every 
play except on punts when the pass from center went 
direct to the kicker. 

The playing field was 110 yards long and the goal posts 
were set on the goal line. There was no huddle to check 
the play coming up. Very few penalties were imposed 
since offside was about the only infraction recognized. 
Ball-tackling was a common practice and roughness was 
considered very necessary, in whatever degree it was ad- 
ministered — no such thing as "unnecessary roughness" 
for these boys. 

Football suits in this stage of the game's development 
were unpadded but shin guards and nose armor were an 
absolute necessity, while headgear, although not common, 
was used to some extent. 

Also in conformity with the rules, a reluctant fullback 
not only could be pushed by a couple of eager halfbacks 
to pick up an additional yard or so, but they could literally 
drag his battered body or heave him through the air, if 

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Grandpa T. W. Biilcllf told alio'it wnlkinu home through 
the woods one nitrht in his youth. Hi' hi-ard somethinK 
followlnjr him and the closer he trot to the house, the fast- 
er he ran. He dashed in the door and jiralilied the rifle 
from ahove the door and fired. The next morning, he looked 
out and saw a hijr dead bobcat hanKinj; the K"te. 

In the early days before the Villape of Newman wa-; 
laid out, the settlement was known as the "Brushy Fork 
of the .Ambraw". 

The nearest iieiiihbor of the widow Sarah .1, Kincaid 
was the William M. Young family that lived over west. 
His son, Marion Young, a very young lad at the time, riding 
through the slough hunting their one cow, saw a curl of 
smoke over east among the trec?s and hurried home to 
tell Ma and Pa they had neighbors. 

T. K. Thompson's grandfather Golden built a large barn 
on the side of a hill, with a room for the .stock below. H!.^ 
giandmothe- kept count of one hundred pies she baked 
for the "barn raising", then quit counting. An aunt told 
of having seen, from high '.n this great barn, the Indians 
riding through the prairio grass. 

Dr. C. Rutherford, who practiced medicine in Newman 
for more than 50 years and was one of our most respected 
citizens but who also v/as a notoriously bad scribe, we 
are told, was prescribing for a patient and gave him a boK 
of pills with instructions written on the box. The follow- 
ing day, the patient returned and asked the doctor to tell 
him how the medicine should be taken as he could not 
make out the instructions. Dr. Rutherford took the box 
of pills, looked at the instructions for a minute and said: 
"I tell you what I'll do; I'll give you another box of m; d- 

From The Independent, Apr. 20, 1917 — Mr. Samuel 
Baxter of Murdock sold ^0 head of hogs Monday to Siming- 
ton & Hunt at Tuscola, which bvought him porhaps the 
largest amount of money for the same number of porkers 
ever sold in Douglas county. They were sold for $15.25 
per 100 and brought $770.12. 

Sarah Chatman Gaston, mother-in-law of Joseph Skinner, 
was horn on the St. Lawrence River, where her parents 
were captives of the Indians. — From Douglas County 

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Harry Baxter married Faye Long in 1910. 
He engaged in farming for several years 
and then moved to Newman where he was act- 
ive in business, civic, and church circles. He 
served his community in the state legislature 
from 192;i-l'.l30. He was a member of the var- 
ious Masonic bodies. 



Stroddard M. Long, pioneer farmer and later 
banker, married Mr.ry Pounds who became his 
faithful helpmate. His business sagacity was 
shown by the fact that in 187() the price of corn 
was so low that most farmers used the corn for 
fuel, but Mr. Long built rail cribs, stored his 
crop, and the next year bought 80 acres of land 
from the corn sale. He was a member of the 
state legislature. His rare gift of humor delight- 
his friends. 



Breeders of Rcsistorcd 
Aberdeen- An jfus Cattle 

Herd Sires 

Grandson of Eileenmere 300 
(Jrandson of Eileenirere 487 

Cattle for Sale 
rhone 1 .").") F I 

Visitors Welcome 
Newman, Illinois 



Manford Roller became the first Newman man to be a 
"use car" buyer when he purchased Perry Dawson's Olds 
in July of 1905. Manfnrd relates a story of the reaction of 
horses when an automobile appeared. As he was return- 
ing to his home one day he saw a neighbor and his wife 
approaching in a buggy. As they drew near, the horse 
became frightened and began to plunge and twist and at- 
tempt to turn, the woman began to scream, and the man 
became very busy trying to control the horse. As was 
customary, Manford stopped his car at the side of the road, 
turned off the motor, and went to the neighbors' assist- 
ance. When he approached he asked: "Do you want me 
to lead him past?" "No, you lead my wife by; I can take 
care of this horse." 

When in 1852 James and John Coolley and William Wil- 
liams Young bought land on the Rdge, they located it 
in the sea of prairie grass by first finding the government 
marker, called an established corner, one-half mile north 
of where Newman now is. Then they tied a rope to one 
wheel of the wagon with a hickory withe tied to the free 
end of the rope, which would making a slapping sound as 
it struck the ground with each revolution of the wheel. 
One man drove with compass in hand to be sure they went 
directly north. The other two counted the revolutions. 
Good old 3.141C! 

James Malcolm Mclntyre's great-uncle. Jack Powell, 
had his horse stolen by Jessie James, ridden to a bank 
robbery and returned the same night. 

Compliments Of 

The Cone Bai 

Serving Frozen Custard 
At Its Best 

Frank A. Ousley 




The Style Shop 

Ladies' and Children's 

Newman, III 

Newman Lodge A, f. S- A, M, 

No. 369 

Newman Lodge, perhaps the oldest fraternal orsaniz:\- 
tion in the city, was chartered October 2, 18(U, by the 
Grand Lodge of the State of Illinois, Ira S. W. Biuk, 
Grand Master, with the following officers: 

W. A. Smith — Worshipful Master 

William Hancock — Senior Warden 

William F. Murphy — .lunior Warden 

Isaac Howard — Treasurer 

I. VV. Burgett — Secretary 

W. A. Lowe — Senior Deacon 

Charles Younger — Junior Deacon 

Robert Albin — Tyler 
The original lodge hall was located in a wooden building, 
standing near the southeast corner of the City Park. The 

upper floor was usod for the lodge. It was in 1872 that 
the lodge purchased the upper floor of the present build- 
ing, which from that time has been the home of the lodge. 
Newman lodge has had a continuous and prosperous ex- 
istence. All records of all meetings are intact and a com- 
plete record of all who have received the degrees of Mason- 
ry in Newman lodge are in possession of the lodge offic- 
e.s. At the time of the fire in 190;{ when the records were 
in tlie possession of Dr. J. M. Wagner, they were in 
(Linger of being destroyed. The doctor rescued them from 
the burning building and though charred, showing the 
effects of the fire, they are intact and legible. 

Through the 95 years, .504 men have been made Master 
Maj-'ons in Newman lodge. 

The folloiuing Uave Served As (Ilaster Of The Lodge 

W. A. Smith 
William Hancock 
Isaac S. Lewis 
O. H. Harris 

D. O. Root 

0. H. Coppeck 
James M. Smith 

E. T. Root 
Thomas Rutherford 
L. E. Root 

Dr. Ralph Wagner 
Bruce W. VanDyne 
Fred L. White 
Cyrus W. Rutherford 
John Hanners 
EJgar Morrow 

Clinton E. Douglass 
Harry Baxter 
Jay T. Burgett 
A. L. Josserand 
John Wax 
John W. Ellington 
Earl O. Swickard 
Frank Ringer 
Hugh Irving Conn 
Harvey E. Winkler 
Mack Hollowell 
Manford Roller 
Ervin Kincaid 
Clayton C. McLain 
Dan M. Mclntyrc 
Llovd V. Boyor 

William C. Booton 
John Goodson 
Willard L. Hagebush 
Orville E. McCoy 
Angus Hopkins 
Velvin C. Graham 
Kent Moirow 
Harry V. Tharp 
Earl Allen 
Raymond .Martin 
Shelton Allen 
Eugene Trimble 
Kenneth Kincaid 
Boyd Bennett 
Jatk Allen 
E'.mo Eennett 

The folloiuinq Have Served The Lodge As Secretary 

I. W. Burgett 
J. R. Page 
William Howard 
D. O. Root 
Isaac S. Lewis 
D. W. Stallings 
J. W. Parker 
O. H. Coppeck 
John W. King 

Carl S. Burgett 
Fran'j M. Sidenstricker 
Herman Vandine 
E. B. Brooks 
J. M. Wagner 
Arthur Yeagcr 
Howard L. Thomas 
H. I. McNeill 
Clinton E. Doug'.ass 

Jay T. Burgett 

Harry Baxter 

Harry Myers 

R. H. Gregg 

D. M. Mclntyre 

Angus H()i)kins 

Ch.\rle.-; Highley 

Earl Allen 

William C. Bviolon (present) 

'To ruie Has been the ht of many, 
To rale weU has been the privilege of but few, ** 

Centennial Boosters 

Mr. Curtis Hooe 

Mr. Rudolph Dennis 

Mr. Ray Allen 

Mr. Loren Robinson 

Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Kincaid 

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Mclntyre 

Mr. and Mrs. Evander Hartley 

Mr. and Mrs. John A. CooUey 

Miss Ruth EUsberry 

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Wagner 

Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Richards 

Miss Louise Mclntyre 

Mr. and Mrs. William B. McGaughey 

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Drake 
Donna Marie Drake 

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard .\lbin 

Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Overton 
Miss Anna Kay Overton 

Mr. Bert Hays 

Stella Bullock 

Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Trimble 

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Young 

Ml. and Mrs. Floyd Magill 

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene N. Fox 

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hinds 

Mr. and Mrs. Everette Boyer 
Rebecca Ann Boyer 

Franklin, Indiana 
Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Myers 

805 Forest Ave. 

South Pasadena, Calif. 

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Wienke 

Homer, 111. 
Mr. Bill Krummenacher 

2505 Brown Road 

Overland, Missouri 

Mr. W. C. Goedke 
9025 Rosemary 
Affton, Missouri 

Mrs. Cliff Bails 

Charleston, Illinois 

Mr. O. R. Allen 

1653 West Enos 
Springfield, Illinois 

Mr. Walter E. Michael 
1806 S. Peach St. 
Champaign, 111. 

Newman, Illinois 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Faust 

Mr. Frantz Kelley 

Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Bane 

Melinda Jo VanSickle 

Mr. and Mrs. "Shorty" Dickerson 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ross Gallion 

Mr. and Mrs. Everette Atchley 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray K. Wells 

Mr. E. A. Duvall 

Gladys W. Hendershot 

Mr. Homer Woods 

Mrs. Emma D. Thomas 

Mr. and Mrs. Mai-vin Branch Jr. 

Rev. and Mrs. J. B. Smith 

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sigler 
John Curtis Sigler 

Mr. and Mrs. Asher C. Jones 

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Young 

Z. Elbridge Winkler 
Lue M. Winkler 
John J. Winkler 

Madge Sutton 

Mrs. H. 0. SoUers 

Mr. Harry Sollers Jr. 

Mr. and Mrs. Cal Harris 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn V. Waltz 

S. W. Duling 

Mrs. Laura Lawrence 

Ora Lawrence 

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Trinkle 

Mr.s. C. Ed Shephard 

KeiiiH'th C. Skinner 

.Anna E. Skinner 

Kt'.ineth Eugene Skinner 
Mildred Esther Skinner 
Kenneth David Skinner 
Edward Lyle Skinner 

Edna Rice 

Mr. and Mrs. John Payne 

Mr. and Mrs. Angus S. Hopkins 
Sandra Jane Hopkins 

Mrs. A. S. Hawkins 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Tharp 
Sally Sue Tharp 
John Michael Tharp 
Richard Myles Tharp 

Mrs. James A. Linder 

Miss Margaret Boyer 

Miss Shirley M. Ross 

Miss Myrtle F. Ross 

Miss Mary Ann Boyer 

Mrs. C. K. Ross 

Miss Effie Fansler 

Mi-, and Mrs. Ray Hopkins 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Busby 

Murdock, Illinois 
M,. Ralph A. Oliver 

1300 Washington Ave. 

St. Louis 3, Missouri 
Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Hang 
Kenneth Warren Hang 
William Mack Hang 

2012 Boudreau Drive 

U»b.ina, Illinois 
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. McGaughey 

83 Lake Ave. 

Danbury, Connecticut 
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Burgett 

61,1 Pacific Ave. 

Long Beach 12, California 
Mrs. Fanny English 

Danville, Illinois 
Mr. and Mrs. Marcus G. Porter 

Hume, Illinois 

Mrs. Sue House Thom 
524 Tov^nsend Ave. 
Columbus 23, Ohio 

Mr. and Mrs. Duane Kincaid 
Dee Anne Kincaid 

615 Kimberley Road 

Birmingham, Mich. 
Mr. Tom Acton, Mattoon, Illinois 

Mr. M. L. Rodgers, Mattoon, Illinois 

James Nelson Skinner 
Mary Carolyn Skinner 
Christcne Lodema Skinner 
Sue Ellen Skinner 

15 North 37th St. 

Terre Haute, Indiana 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Adams 
David G. Adams 
Marilyn R. Adams 
Illiopolis, IlliTiois 

Mr. and Mrs. .Addison D. Ross 
Villa Park, Illinois 

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Norsworthy 
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada 

Mr. and Mrs. George L. King 
Hume, Illinois 

Centennial Committees 


Rev. Leslie C. Wolfe Dr. H. I. Conn 

Mrs. Charles C. DeWitt, Secretary 
Williur Thompson, Assistant Chairman 

Kent Morrow, Treasurer 
Mrs. Charles Richards, Assist. Sec'y- 


Kent Morrow 
W. B. McCiauKhey Max HarhaiiRli 

Di. Win. Rominjier Dr. M. E. Johnson 


Lloyd V. Boyer 
Loren Biddle Lyle E. Davis 

Charles L. Reed E. L. Tackitt 

Reese Da^ue Mrs. Lloyd V. Boyer 

Ray Trinkle Mrs. Doyle Trimble 

Mrs. Maivin Branch Jr. 


H. B. Rutherford 

Miss Louise Mclntyre 


Miss Gertrude Baxter Edgar Morrow 

Harvey E. Winl<ler 

Dr. C. W. Rutherford 

Mrs. Donald Bedwell, Sec'y- 


Mrs. Kent Morrow 
Mrs. S. B. House Mrs. R. E. Pinder 
.Mrs. Frank Marshall G. Philip Roller 


Maurice L. McDermott 
William Drake 
J. W. Gallion 
Deane Davis 
Murle Bunten 
Kenneth Kincaid 
Kenneth Neibch 
Ray Wax 
Kellie Emrick 

Oscar Drake 

Lewis Harbaugh 

Curtis Hooe 

Max Martin 

Luther Clark 

Art Kreutzer 

Mack Hollowell 

Howard Rutan 

Joe C. Dawson 


Harry M. Hixson 

S. B. House Robert L. Hemphill 

George Barr E. O. Swickard 

F. K. Shephard Raymond Sollers 

F. R. McCown Angus Hopkins 


Mrs. H.I. Conn Mrs.W.B. McGaughey 

W. C. Booton J. Fred Carter 


Mrs. George Barr 

Mrs. John Wagner, Mrs. Floyd Magill 

Mrs. A. E. Parr Mrs. Kenneth Neibch 

Mrs. Harvey E. Winkler 

J. R. Goodson W. S. Smith 

George E. Nichols 


John E. PoKock 
Miss Myrtle Ross F. W. Overton 

Mis. John Pollock Donovan Davis 

Rudolph Dennis W. H. Kook 

Russell Epperson 


Earl Allen 
Kenneth Goby Harold Miller 

John Edmundson Graydon Griffin 


Darrell Davis 
James Young Gordon Hales 

Guy Gordon Cleli Drake 

Palmer Hales Harry V. Tharp 

Robert Faust I'vin Toiipe 

Sam Sigler 


E. E. Dilliner 
.Arthur E. Parr Ernest Sutton 


Mis. Leonard Albin 
Mrs. Kenneth Goby Mrs. Ross Biddle 
Mrs. Kenneth Kincaid Mrs. J.E. Sage 
Mrs. Ross Richards Mrs. Orval Trimble 
Mrs. Paul Burgett .Mrs. J. H. Mdntyic 

Miss Ruth Kllsberry 


John A. Coolley 

Mrs. John A. Coolley Marcus Wat.son 

Mrs. C. L. Reed, Mrs. G. P. Roller 

Mrs. F. W. Overton 

Mrs. Willard Hagebush, Sec'y. 

Oscar Gallion — Special Events 


Paul House 
Rev. R. Edward Pinder, Director 
Carl Long Mrs. Dan Mclntyre 

F. W. McCarty Montell Thompson 
Rtv. E. N. Fox Mrs. Frank Ousley 
Frank Ousley Mrs. Fred Biddle Jr. 
Miss Ada Brock 


Harold Miller 

Iivin Toppe Mrs. Shirley Myers 

Kenneth Fuller 


Mrs. John Albin Mrs. Gone Trimble 

Mrs. Robert Robinson, .Arthur Leeth 
Mrs. Phillip Derby Robert Joines 

Mrs. Duane Cornwell Jewel Jenne 


Gene Trimble 

Don Davis Homer Epperson 

Emerson .Albin Vance Baxter 

Ray Allen Kenneth Kincaid 


R. B. Gossett 

Marvin Frahm Russell Helm 

William Morrell Fred Lange 

Manford Roller Don Martin 

Albert Luth 


Roy Gibson Mrs. Glen Waltz 
Sam Sigler Mrs. Rex Craig 

Russell Epperson Mrs. Guy Myers 
Edgar Fernandes Mrs. Zelma Daniels 
Darrell Davis Mrs. John Edmundson 
Kvndall I) .vis Mrs. Kennetii Skinner 

Mis. Charles Richards Wilbur Thompson Dr. H. I. Conn Rev. Leslie Wolfe Kent Morrow Mrs. Martha DeWitt 

FIRST ROW — (left to right) Mrs. Kent Morrow, Miss 
Louise Mclntyre, Mrs. George Barr, Mrs. Leonard Albin, 
Mrs. John Albin, Mrs. Gene Trimble, Mrs. William B. 
McGaughey, Mrs. Glen Waltz. SECOND ROW — R. B. 

Gossett, John A. Coolley, Lloyd V. Boyer, Paul House, 
John E. Pollock, William S. Smith, John Goodson. THIRD 
ROW — Earl Allen, Darrel Davis, Harry M. Hixson, 
Maurice McDermott, Roy Gibson, Gene Trimble. 

To Express Our Thanks . . . 

One of the richest joys of life is the privilege to 

We trust that our efforts in prt-paring: and print- 
ing this Tribute to Our Prairie Pioneers might serve 
to strengthen our community spirit and participation 
in the years to come. Out of the past we hope to 
glean well! Out of the past we hope to catch a new 
vision that will enable us to grow and to tuiikl! 

As we submit our last copy to the printer we would 
like to express our appreciation to everyone who has 
contributed in any way in the preparation 
of our Centennial Booklet. Without the generous 
spirit and diligent efforts of all, our Tribute to Our 
Prairie Pioneers could not and would not have been 

The opportunity to work with all of you has been 
rich and rewarding. There will be mistakes, v/e are 
sure, but we trust that this book in its entirety will 
rekindle a new love and a new appreciation for that 
spirit that builds towns and communities such as 
ours — Newman. 


To Newman On 

100 Years of Progress 

Marcus Watson 

Phone 164F4 Newman 

Centennial Program 


10:00 — Opening of Headquarters. Regis- 
tration at Headquarters. Visit win- 
dow displays and antiques. 

10:30 — Welcome, President of Newman 

11:00 — Free Acts: The Lancasters 

1 :00 — Opening of Rides and Concessions 

1 :30— Free Acts 

2:00— Sistei-s of the Swish Parade 

3:00 — Judging of the Beards 

4 :00— Concert, NCHS Band 

5:00 — Visit Antique Displays 

7:00— Free Acts: The Lancasters 

8:30— Pageant 
10:00 — Square Dance Led by Farmer Stulz 


10:00 — Youth Parade, Games and Contests 

1:00— Free Acts: Sheriff Sid and the 
Rhythm Rangers 

2:00 — Kings and Queens of Yesteryear and 

3:00 — Barbershop Quartet, Men of Note 

4:09— Nancee South of WTHI-IV on the 
Hammond Organ 

4:30 — Accordion Band Directed by 
Mrs. John Armstrong 

7:00 — Nancee South on the Hammond 

8:00— Sheriff Sid and Rhythm Rangers 

9:00 — Dance. Gene Trimble's Orchestra 


10:30— Union Church Service in City Park, 

Sermon: Dr. Paul L. McKay, 
President Millikin University 

Congregational Singing Led by 
Verrolton Shaul, Champaign 

2:00— Grand Parade 



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